Autistic traits in couple dyads as a predictor of anxiety spectrum symptoms

Lau, Winnie Yu-Pow, Gau, Susan Shur-Fen, Chiu, Yen-Nan and Wu, Yu-Yu (2014) Autistic traits in couple dyads as a predictor of anxiety spectrum symptoms. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 11: 2949-2963. doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2151-5

Author Lau, Winnie Yu-Pow
Gau, Susan Shur-Fen
Chiu, Yen-Nan
Wu, Yu-Yu
Title Autistic traits in couple dyads as a predictor of anxiety spectrum symptoms
Journal name Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0162-3257
Publication date 2014-11-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10803-014-2151-5
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 44
Issue 11
Start page 2949
End page 2963
Total pages 15
Place of publication New York NY United States
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Abstract The link between parental autistic tendency and anxiety symptoms was studied in 491 Taiwanese couples raising biological children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Parental autistic tendency as measured by Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) was associated with anxiety symptoms across all domains. Large effect sizes were found in social phobia and post traumatic stress disorders for both parents, and in general anxiety disorder and agoraphobia for mothers. These associations were irrespective of child's autistic tendency, spouse's AQ scores and the couples' compatibility in their autistic tendency. Perceived family support and parental education moderated the link but not child's autistic severity. Research and clinical implications regarding psychiatric vulnerability of parents of children with ASD were drawn and discussed.
Keyword Autism spectrum disorders
Couple dyads
Anxiety symptoms
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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