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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 4/2016

11-12-2015 | Original Paper

Alexithymia in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Its Relationship to Internalising Difficulties, Sensory Modulation and Social Cognition

Auteurs: Bosiljka Milosavljevic, Virginia Carter Leno, Emily Simonoff, Gillian Baird, Andrew Pickles, Catherine R. G. Jones, Catherine Erskine, Tony Charman, Francesca Happé

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 4/2016

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Abstract

Alexithymia is a personality trait frequently found in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and has been linked to impairments in emotion recognition and empathy. The presentation of alexithymia within ASD at younger ages remains unexplored, and was examined in the present study. Alexithymia rates were significantly elevated in ASD (55 %; 31/56 scoring above cut-off) versus non-ASD adolescents (16 %; 5/32 scoring above cut-off). Within individuals with ASD, alexithymia was associated with increased self-reported anxiety, parent-reported emotional difficulties, self-reported sensory processing atypicalities, and poorer emotion recognition, but was not associated with theory of mind ability. Overall, our results suggest that alexithymia is highly prevalent, and has selective cognitive correlates in young people with ASD.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Alexithymia in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Its Relationship to Internalising Difficulties, Sensory Modulation and Social Cognition
Auteurs
Bosiljka Milosavljevic
Virginia Carter Leno
Emily Simonoff
Gillian Baird
Andrew Pickles
Catherine R. G. Jones
Catherine Erskine
Tony Charman
Francesca Happé
Publicatiedatum
11-12-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 4/2016
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-015-2670-8