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Ellison, Kimberly S.; Bundy, Myra Beth; Wygant, Dustin B.; Gore, Jonathan S. – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2016
The new DSM-5 dimensional framework of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) features severity ratings of social communication (SC) and restrictive/repetitive behaviors (RRB) and little research has been conducted since its inception. There has been a recent increase in the administration and adoption of broadband behavior-rating scales by clinicians,…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Rating Scales, Child Behavior
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Hepburn, Susan L.; Stern, Jessica A.; Blakeley-Smith, Audrey; Kimel, Lila K.; Reaven, Judith A. – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2014
This descriptive study examines the complexity of psychiatric comorbidity in treatment-seeking youth with ASD and anxiety symptoms. Forty-two parents of youth with ASD and anxiety (ages 8-14) completed a structured diagnostic interview (Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children-Present and Lifetime Version). Youth…
Descriptors: Mental Disorders, Comorbidity, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism
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Pandolfi, Vincent; Magyar, Caroline I.; Norris, Megan – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2014
Youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often present with emotional problems such as anxiety and depression (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). A recent study of the "Child Behavior Checklist 6-18" (CBCL; Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001) indicated good sensitivity but relatively low specificity for identifying emotional problems…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Russo-Ponsaran, Nicole M.; Berry-Kravis, Elizabeth; McKown, Clark A.; Lipton, Meryl – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2014
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a well-described inherited cause of intellectual disability and the most common known genetic cause of autism. Social deficits in girls with FXS are not well understood. To better understand barriers to social functioning that may contribute to mental health outcomes, we administered a theoretically based social…
Descriptors: Females, Genetic Disorders, Cognitive Processes, Social Development
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Russo-Ponsaran, Nicole M.; Evans-Smith, Bernadette; Johnson, Jason K.; McKown, Clark – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2014
Many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) demonstrate facial emotion recognition and expression impairments. These impairments may contribute to social disability and may put children with ASDs at risk for developing further mental health problems. In this pilot study, we examined the use of a coach- and computer-assisted facial emotion…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Human Body, Recognition (Psychology)