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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 6/2021

04-09-2020 | Original Paper

Objective and Subjective Measurement of Alexithymia in Adults with Autism

Auteurs: Christian Ryan, Stephen Cogan, Ailish Phillips, Lorraine O’Connor

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 6/2021

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Abstract

High rates of alexithymia, a condition characterised by difficulties identifying and describing emotions, are frequently reported in both children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, the dilemma of measuring alexithymia via self-report has rarely been addressed. In this study, we compared objective and subjective measures of alexithymia in adults with ASD and typically developing adults. We found significantly higher levels of alexithymia in the ASD sample as measured by both self-report on the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and by the observer rated Alexithymia Provoked Response Scale (APRQ). However, the two measures did not correlate with each other. We explore the different facets of the alexithymia construct that these two measures may be distinguishing.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Objective and Subjective Measurement of Alexithymia in Adults with Autism
Auteurs
Christian Ryan
Stephen Cogan
Ailish Phillips
Lorraine O’Connor
Publicatiedatum
04-09-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 6/2021
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04665-3