Co-occurring anger in young people with Asperger's syndrome

Quek, Lake-Hui, Sofronoff, Kate, Sheffield, Jeanie, White, Angela and Kelly, Adrian (2012) Co-occurring anger in young people with Asperger's syndrome. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68 10: 1142-1148. doi:10.1002/jclp.21888

Author Quek, Lake-Hui
Sofronoff, Kate
Sheffield, Jeanie
White, Angela
Kelly, Adrian
Title Co-occurring anger in young people with Asperger's syndrome
Journal name Journal of Clinical Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-9762
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jclp.21888
Volume 68
Issue 10
Start page 1142
End page 1148
Total pages 7
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: The co-occurrence of anger in young people with Asperger's syndrome (AS) has received little attention despite aggression, agitation, and tantrums frequently being identified as issues of concern in this population. The present study investigated the occurrence of anger in young people with AS and explores its relationship with anxiety and depression.

Method: Sixty-two young people (12-23 years old) diagnosed with AS were assessed using the Beck Anger Inventory for Youth, Spence Children's Anxiety Scale, and Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale.

Results: Among young people with AS who participated in this study, 41% of participants reported clinically significant levels of anger (17%), anxiety (25.8%) and/or depression (11.5%). Anger, anxiety, and depression were positively correlated with each other. Depression, however, was the only significant predictor of anger.

Conclusion: Anger is commonly experienced by young people with AS and is correlated with anxiety and depression. These findings suggest that the emotional and behavioral presentation of anger could serve as a cue for further assessment, and facilitate earlier identification and intervention for anger, as well as other mental health problems.
Keyword Asperger's syndrome
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 16 July 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences -- Publications
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