How are Sensory Features associated with seven anxiety disorders in boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Vicki Bitsika, Christopher F. Sharpley*, Richard Mills

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)47-54
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


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