Priorities for Advancing Research on Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Co-occurring Anxiety

Roma A. Vasa, Amy Keefer, Judy Reaven, Mikle South, Susan W. White

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Abstract

Research on anxiety disorders in youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has burgeoned in the past two decades. Yet, critical gaps exist with respect to measuring and treating anxiety in this population. This study used the nominal group technique to identify the most important research priorities on co-occurring anxiety in ASD. An international group of researchers and clinicians with experience in ASD and anxiety participated in the process. Topics ranked as most important focused on understanding how ASD symptoms affect treatment response, implementing treatments in real world settings, developing methods to disentangle overlapping symptoms between anxiety and ASD, and developing objective measures to assess anxiety. Collectively, these priorities can lead to collaborative studies to accelerate research in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)925-934
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Children and adolescents
  • Research priorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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