Investigations into emotion regulation difficulties among adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder: a qualitative study

Santomauro, Damian, Sheffield, Jeanie and Sofronoff, Kate (2016) Investigations into emotion regulation difficulties among adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder: a qualitative study. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 1-10. doi:10.3109/13668250.2016.1236240


Author Santomauro, Damian
Sheffield, Jeanie
Sofronoff, Kate
Title Investigations into emotion regulation difficulties among adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder: a qualitative study
Journal name Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-9532
1366-8250
Publication date 2016-10-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/13668250.2016.1236240
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Emotion regulation difficulties have been associated with depression and anxiety in typically developing individuals. However, until recently, the impact of emotion regulation difficulties for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has received little attention. We investigated emotion regulation difficulties from the perspective of those who would experience the sequelae. This included parents, teachers, and psychologists.

Method: Seven focus groups with parents, teachers, and psychologists, and 7 interviews with adolescents and young adults with ASD were conducted.

Results: Across the groups, participants discussed their triggers of distressing emotions, difficulties with emotional awareness, emotion regulation strategies, and the consequences of their distressing emotions. Both depression and anxiety were perceived as the most experienced distressing issues with the greatest consequences.

Conclusions: The implications of the themes revealed in the interviews and focus groups are discussed in light in previous literature and may help to inform future interventions.
Keyword Anxiety
Autism spectrum disorder
Depression
Emotion regulation
Focus groups
Interviews
Qualitative
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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