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Anxiety and ASD: Current Progress and Ongoing Challenges

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mikle South, Professor Jacqueline Rodgers



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© 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC Symptoms of anxiety add significant burden to many autistic individuals and their loved ones. There is an urgent need for better understanding of the unique underlying mechanisms of anxiety in ASD, and for the development of more specific assessment methods and treatment recommendations. This special issue brings together 24 articles grouped into three themes; mechanisms, measurement, and intervention. The result is a review of current anxiety research in ASD that is both broad and deep. Key themes include recognition of the importance individual differences in aetiology and presentation of anxiety in ASD, the need for a more nuanced understanding of the interactions between anxiety and characteristics of ASD and the need to develop appropriately adapted treatments.

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Author(s): South M, Rodgers J, van Hecke A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Year: 2017

Volume: 47

Issue: 12

Pages: 3679-3681

Print publication date: 01/12/2017

Online publication date: 07/10/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 30/10/2017

ISSN (print): 0162-3257

ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3322-y


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