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Conceptualizing and Treating Social Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Focus Group Study with Multidisciplinary Professionals.

Spain, D., Rumball, F., O'Neill, L., Sin, J. ORCID: 0000-0003-0590-7165, Prunty, J. and Happé, F. (2016). Conceptualizing and Treating Social Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Focus Group Study with Multidisciplinary Professionals.. Journal Of Applied Research In Intellectual Disabilities, 30(Sup. 1), pp. 10-21. doi: 10.1111/jar.12320

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Individuals who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD) commonly experience social anxiety (SA). Disentangling SA symptoms from core ASD characteristics is complex, partly due to diagnostic overshadowing and co-occurring alexithymia. Causal and maintaining mechanisms for SA in ASD are underexplored, but it is feasible that there is an ASD specificity to the clinical presentation, with implications for the development of targeted treatments. METHODS: Five focus groups were conducted with multidisciplinary professionals to investigate their perspectives about, and approaches to, working with individuals with ASD and SA. Data were analysed thematically. RESULTS: Data analysis revealed two overarching themes: conceptualizing SA in ASD and service provision. Our results suggest that adaptations to service provision are pertinent, so as to accommodate inherent impairments that can mediate assessment and intervention. CONCLUSIONS: Future studies should establish how aspects of the care pathway can be improved for individuals with ASD and SA.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Spain, D., Rumball, F., O'Neill, L., Sin, J. , Prunty, J. and Happé, F. (2016). Conceptualizing and Treating Social Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Focus Group Study with Multidisciplinary Professionals. Journal Of Applied Research In Intellectual Disabilities, 30(Sup. 1), pp. 10-21., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12320. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Publisher Keywords: Asperger's syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, qualitative study, social anxiety, social phobia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2020 12:56
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/24529
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