Title

Are sensory processing features associated with depressive symptoms in boys with an ASD?

Date of this Version

8-30-2015

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Citation only

Bitsika, V., Sharpley, C. F., & Mills, R. (2015). Are sensory processing features associated with depressive symptoms in boys with an ASD? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(1), 242-252.

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2015 HERDC submission

Copyright © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York

ISSN

0162-3257

Abstract

The association between Sensory Processing Features (SPF) and depressive symptoms was investigated at two levels in 150 young males (6–18 years) with an ASD. First, a significant correlation was found between SPF and total depressive symptom scores. Second, different aspects of SPF significantly predicted different depressive symptom factors, with Low Registration (or sensory hyposensitivity) being the most powerful predictor of depressive symptoms. There were also differences in these associations according to whether parents’ ratings or the boys’ self-reports were used to assess SPF and depressive symptoms. Implications for assessment and treatment of SPF-related depressive symptoms are discussed.

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