Title

How are sensory features associated with seven anxiety disorders in boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Date of this Version

2016

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Bitsika, V., Sharpley, C. F., & Mills, R. (2016). How are sensory features associated with seven anxiety disorders in boys with autism spectrum disorder? International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 50, 47-54.

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© 2016 ISDN. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

ISSN

0736-5748

Abstract

The association between Sensory Features (SF) and seven anxiety disorders was investigated using self-reports and parental reports about 140 young males with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Although there were significant correlations between SF and self- and parent-ratings of some of the seven anxiety disorders, overall, SF was found to have an inconsistent association across the seven anxiety disorders and this was also found for the 8 symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder. These data challenge the practice of assessing SF and anxiety via global measures and argue for individualized disorder-specific assessments to develop more effective diagnoses and treatments for the effects of SF.

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