Event Title

Anxiety and social initiation in young children with autism spectrum disorder.

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Beverly J. Wilson, Ph.D.

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Clinical Psychology

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Children with autism spectrum disorder often have difficulties in social communication and interaction, specifically with social initiation behaviors. Many children with autism also experience anxiety which may impact their social functioning. This study investigates the role of anxiety in social initiation behaviors among young children with autism and typically developing peers. We hypothesized that children with autism and high anxiety would have the least social initiation behaviors. A moderated multiple regression was conducted to evaluate the additive and interaction effects of developmental status (predictor) and parent report of child anxiety (moderator) on social initiation (outcome) during a free play task.

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Anxiety and social initiation in young children with autism spectrum disorder.

Children with autism spectrum disorder often have difficulties in social communication and interaction, specifically with social initiation behaviors. Many children with autism also experience anxiety which may impact their social functioning. This study investigates the role of anxiety in social initiation behaviors among young children with autism and typically developing peers. We hypothesized that children with autism and high anxiety would have the least social initiation behaviors. A moderated multiple regression was conducted to evaluate the additive and interaction effects of developmental status (predictor) and parent report of child anxiety (moderator) on social initiation (outcome) during a free play task.