Intolerance of Uncertainty Predicts Anxiety Outcomes Following CBT in Youth with ASD

Amy Keefer, Nicole L. Kreiser, Vini Singh, Audrey Blakeley-Smith, Amie Duncan, Catherine Johnson, Laura Klinger, Allison Meyer, Judy Reaven, Roma A. Vasa

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Modified cognitive–behavioral therapy (MCBT) has been demonstrated to reduce anxiety in youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, non-response rates are fairly high. Few studies have investigated factors associated with response. Intolerance of uncertainty (IU) is a treatment target for anxiety and worry in neurotypical populations and has been linked to anxiety and ASD. We sought to examine whether IU affects outcomes following MCBT in 43 children, ages 8–14 years, with ASD without intellectual disability. Consistent with prior data, there was a significant reduction in parent reported anxiety following MCBT. Higher levels of pre-intervention IU predicted higher anxiety and worry pre- and post-intervention. These findings suggest that targeting IU may improve outcomes following MCBT in youth with ASD and anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
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StateAccepted/In press - Jul 12 2016

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Pervasive Child Development Disorders
Uncertainty
Anxiety
Cognitive Therapy
Intellectual Disability

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cognitive–behavioral therapy
  • Intolerance of uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Intolerance of Uncertainty Predicts Anxiety Outcomes Following CBT in Youth with ASD. / Keefer, Amy; Kreiser, Nicole L.; Singh, Vini; Blakeley-Smith, Audrey; Duncan, Amie; Johnson, Catherine; Klinger, Laura; Meyer, Allison; Reaven, Judy; Vasa, Roma A.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 12.07.2016, p. 1-10.

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Keefer, A, Kreiser, NL, Singh, V, Blakeley-Smith, A, Duncan, A, Johnson, C, Klinger, L, Meyer, A, Reaven, J & Vasa, RA 2016, 'Intolerance of Uncertainty Predicts Anxiety Outcomes Following CBT in Youth with ASD' Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, pp. 1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2852-z
Keefer A, Kreiser NL, Singh V, Blakeley-Smith A, Duncan A, Johnson C et al. Intolerance of Uncertainty Predicts Anxiety Outcomes Following CBT in Youth with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2016 Jul 12;1-10. Available from, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2852-z

Keefer, Amy; Kreiser, Nicole L.; Singh, Vini; Blakeley-Smith, Audrey; Duncan, Amie; Johnson, Catherine; Klinger, Laura; Meyer, Allison; Reaven, Judy; Vasa, Roma A. / Intolerance of Uncertainty Predicts Anxiety Outcomes Following CBT in Youth with ASD.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 12.07.2016, p. 1-10.

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