Social anxiety in adult males with autism spectrum disorders

Spain, D., Happe, F., Johnston, P., Campbell, M., Sin, J., Daly, E., Ecker, C., Anson, M., Chaplin, E., Glaser, K., Mendez, A., Lovell, K. and Murphy, D. (2016) Social anxiety in adult males with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 32. pp. 13-23. ISSN 1750-9467.

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Abstract

Background: Psychiatric conditions, notably anxiety, commonly co-occur with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Method: This study investigated self-reported behavioural, cognitive and affective symptoms of social anxiety (SA) in 50 adult males with ASD. Associations between SA, core ASD symptoms and facets of neuropsychological functioning were also examined. Results: Twenty-six participants (52%) endorsed levels of SA that exceeded the suggested caseness threshold for social anxiety disorder. Categorical and dimensional data analyses indicated that there were no relationships between SA symptoms, present-state or childhood ASD symptom-severity, or measures of socio-emotional processing in this sample. Conclusions: Study findings suggest that severity of SA is not merely a reflection of ASD symptom-severity. Further research is needed to ascertain the prevalence of SA in adult ASD epidemiological samples, and identify causal and maintaining mechanisms for these co-morbid symptoms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism spectrum; social anxiety; social phobia; adults; self-report questionnaires
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0512 Psychopathology. Mental disorders
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
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Depositing User: Martin Anson
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2017 12:07
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 12:07
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15368

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