Autistic traits in the general population: What mediates the link with depressive and anxious symptomatology?

Rosbrook, Ainslie and Whittingham, Koa (2010) Autistic traits in the general population: What mediates the link with depressive and anxious symptomatology?. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4 3: 415-424. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2009.10.012


Author Rosbrook, Ainslie
Whittingham, Koa
Title Autistic traits in the general population: What mediates the link with depressive and anxious symptomatology?
Journal name Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1750-9467
1878-0237
Publication date 2010-07
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.rasd.2009.10.012
Volume 4
Issue 3
Start page 415
End page 424
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier Science
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The high prevalence of anxiety disorders and depression within the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) population is widely recognised. This study examined the role of three potential mediating variables in the relationship between autistic traits and depressive/anxious symptomatology in the general population. Participants included 231 university students (114 males, 117 females) ranging in age from 17 to 35 (M = 18.9, SD = 2.77). Participants completed five standardised questionnaires which measured: autistic traits, depressive/anxious symptomatology, social competence, social problem-solving ability, and teasing history. Two multiple mediation analyses were conducted using the bootstrapping method. Results revealed that social problem-solving ability and past teasing experiences were significant partial mediators in the relationship between autistic traits and depressive symptoms. However, contrary to expectations, social competence was not a significant mediator in the relationship between autistic traits and depressive symptoms. In addition, social problem-solving ability and past teasing experiences were significant partial mediators in the relationship between autistic traits and anxiety symptoms. This suggests that interventions to reduce anxious and depressive symptomatology in the ASD population should focus upon improving social problem-solving ability and reducing bullying experiences at school. These initial findings should be confirmed in the ASD population in future research. Crown Copyright © 2009.
Keyword Autism spectrum disorders
Autistic traits
Anxiety
Depression
Spectrum Quotient AQ
Perceived Social Competence
Asperger-syndrome
Learning-disabilities
Peer-victimization
Childhood
Children
Disorders
Anxiety
Adults
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 2 December 2009.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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