Social anxiety in adult males with autism spectrum disorders

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Spain, D., Happe, F., Johnston, P., Campbell, M., Sin, J., Daly, E., Ecker, C., Anson, M., Chaplin, E., Glaser, K., Mendez, A., Lovell, K. and Murphy, D. 2016. Social anxiety in adult males with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 32, pp. 13-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2016.08.002
AuthorsSpain, D., Happe, F., Johnston, P., Campbell, M., Sin, J., Daly, E., Ecker, C., Anson, M., Chaplin, E., Glaser, K., Mendez, A., Lovell, K. and Murphy, D.
Abstract

Background: Psychiatric conditions, notably anxiety, commonly co-occur with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Method: This study investigated self-reported behavioural, cognitive and affective symptoms of social anxiety (SA) in 50 adult males with ASD. Associations between SA, core ASD symptoms and facets of neuropsychological functioning were also examined. Results: Twenty-six participants (52%) endorsed levels of SA that exceeded the suggested caseness threshold for social anxiety disorder. Categorical and dimensional data analyses indicated that there were no relationships between SA symptoms, present-state or childhood ASD symptom-severity, or measures of socio-emotional processing in this sample. Conclusions: Study findings suggest that severity of SA is not merely a reflection of ASD symptom-severity. Further research is needed to ascertain the prevalence of SA in adult ASD epidemiological samples, and identify causal and maintaining mechanisms for these co-morbid symptoms.

KeywordsAutism spectrum; social anxiety; social phobia; adults; self-report questionnaires
Year2016
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Journal citation32, pp. 13-23
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1750-9467
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2016.08.002
Related URLhttps://www.elsevier.com/
Publication dates
Online16 Sep 2016
PrintDec 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited06 Sep 2017
Accepted03 Aug 2016
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
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