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02-08-2017 | Original Paper | Uitgave 11/2017 Open Access

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 11/2017

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Versus a Counselling Intervention for Anxiety in Young People with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial

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Suzanne M. Murphy, Uttom Chowdhury, Susan W. White, Laura Reynolds, Louisa Donald, Hilary Gahan, Zeinab Iqbal, Mahesh Kulkarni, Louise Scrivener, Hadi Shaker-Naeeni, Dee A. Press
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Changes in affiliation since the study was conducted: At the time that the study was conducted Uttom Chowdhury, Hilary Gahan, Mahesh Kulkarni, Louise Scrivener, Hadi Shaker-Naeeni and Dee A. Press were employed by the South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Since the study completed, these authors have not changed employment, but their clinic has instead been taken over by the East London NHS Foundation Trust. At the time of the study, Laura Reynolds and Zeinab Iqbal were employed by South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and are now employed at Southampton University and Huntercombe Hospital respectively.


The use of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) as a treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been explored in a number of trials. Whilst CBT appears superior to no treatment or treatment as usual, few studies have assessed CBT against a control group receiving an alternative therapy. Our randomised controlled trial compared use of CBT against person-centred counselling for anxiety in 36 young people with ASD, ages 12–18. Outcome measures included parent- teacher- and self-reports of anxiety and social disability. Whilst each therapy produced improvements in participants, neither therapy was superior to the other to a significant degree on any measure. This is consistent with findings for adults.

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