Depression in Adolescents with ASD: A Pilot RCT of a Group Intervention

Santomauro, Damian, Sheffield, Jeanie and Sofronoff, Kate (2015) Depression in Adolescents with ASD: A Pilot RCT of a Group Intervention. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46 2: 572-588. doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2605-4

Author Santomauro, Damian
Sheffield, Jeanie
Sofronoff, Kate
Title Depression in Adolescents with ASD: A Pilot RCT of a Group Intervention
Journal name Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-3432
Publication date 2015-09-24
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10803-015-2605-4
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 46
Issue 2
Start page 572
End page 588
Total pages 17
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Subject 3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
Abstract Depression is a potentially life threatening affective disorder that is highly prevalent in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a cognitive behavioural intervention for depression in adolescents with ASD. Participants were randomly assigned to the intervention group, or wait-list control group. Although recruitment was extremely difficult, attendance was favourable and attrition was low, and participants reported being satisfied with the programme. No significant treatment effect was revealed on the Beck Depression Inventory or Emotion Regulation Questionnaire. However despite the small sample size (n = 20), there was a trending treatment effect measured by the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale: Depression Subscale. Limitations and areas of future research are discussed.
Keyword Depression
Autism spectrum disorders
Cognitive behaviour therapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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