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Discriminant and convergent validity of the anxiety construct in children with autism spectrum disorders.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23354538     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite reports of high anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), there is controversy regarding differential diagnosis of ASD symptoms and anxiety symptoms. This study examined 88 children, aged 7-11 years, with ASD referred for concerns about anxiety. A multitrait-(social anxiety, separation anxiety, overall anxiety severity, and overall ASD severity), multimethod-(diagnostic interviews, parent-, and child-based measures) analysis was conducted. Results from structural equation modeling suggest statistical discrimination between anxiety and ASD severity and convergence among differing reports of two of the anxiety subdomains (separation anxiety and overall anxiety). These findings suggest that anxiety symptoms experienced by children with ASD are separate from ASD symptom severity and may instead reflect anxiety syndromes (e.g., separation anxiety) similar to those that occur in typically developing children.
Patricia Renno; Jeffrey J Wood
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of autism and developmental disorders     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1573-3432     ISO Abbreviation:  J Autism Dev Disord     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-08-16     Completed Date:  2014-03-20     Revised Date:  2014-09-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7904301     Medline TA:  J Autism Dev Disord     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2135-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / complications,  diagnosis*
Anxiety Disorders / complications,  diagnosis*
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / complications,  diagnosis*
Diagnosis, Differential
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Severity of Illness Index
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