Brief report: The assessment of anxiety in high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

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TitleBrief report: The assessment of anxiety in high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWhite, SW, Schry, AR, Maddox, BB
JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
Volume42
Issue6
Pagination1138-45
Date Published2012 Jun
ISSN1573-3432
KeywordsAdolescent, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders, Child, Child Development Disorders, Pervasive, Female, Humans, Male, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Psychometrics, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Reproducibility of Results, Surveys and Questionnaires
Abstract

Anxiety may exacerbate interpersonal difficulties and contribute to secondary behavioral problems in adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD). This study was conducted to assess the psychometric properties and construct validity of measures of anxiety with a sample (n = 30) of adolescents with HFASD and comorbid anxiety disorders. Results indicate that the measures (CASI-Anxiety Scale; Sukhodolsky et al. 2008; MASC; March 1998) possess acceptable internal consistency, and there is evidence of discriminant validity. Most of the adolescents, however, under-reported problems with anxiety, compared to parent-reported and clinician-derived reports and given they were seeking treatment for anxiety problems. Findings highlight the importance of using multiple raters in clinical practice and consideration of rater discrepancies in clinical research.

DOI10.1007/s10803-011-1353-3
Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID21874396
Grant ListK01 MH079945 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
1K01MH079945-01 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States