Brief measures of anxiety in non-treatment-seeking youth with autism spectrum disorder.

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TitleBrief measures of anxiety in non-treatment-seeking youth with autism spectrum disorder.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKerns, CMorrow, Maddox, BB, Kendall, PC, Rump, K, Berry, L, Schultz, RT, Souders, MC, Bennett, A, Herrington, J, Miller, J
JournalAutism
Volume19
Issue8
Pagination969-79
Date Published2015 Nov
ISSN1461-7005
KeywordsAdolescent, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Child, Fear, Female, Humans, Male, Parents, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Sensitivity and Specificity, Surveys and Questionnaires
Abstract

This study investigated the accuracy of brief anxiety scales for non-treatment-seeking youth with autism spectrum disorder. In all, 54 youth (7-17 years; IQ: 67-158) with autism spectrum disorder and their parents completed (a) an expanded version of the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule-Child/Parent designed to capture typical and atypical fears and (b) brief scales of anxiety symptoms (Behavior Assessment Schedule for Children, Second Edition; Screen for Child Anxiety and Related Emotional Disorders; Negative Affective Self-Statement Questionnaire; Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale). The results indicate that measures lacked adequate sensitivity and specificity, and the detection of atypical fears was particularly poor. Revised cut scores are offered, but refined and/or revised instruments are likely needed for research on youth with autism spectrum disorder.

DOI10.1177/1362361314558465
Alternate JournalAutism
PubMed ID25633222
PubMed Central IDPMC6102722
Grant ListMH063747 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
RC1 MH088791 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH086438 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
U01 MH063747 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
MH086438 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH063747 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
RC1MH08879 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
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