Anxiety and depression in children with HFASDs: symptom levels and source differences.


The purpose of this study was to: (1) examine symptom levels of anxiety and depression in children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASDs) compared with matched control children using child self-reports and parent ratings; and (2) examine source differences within the two condition groups. An overall multivariate effect indicated significantly elevated depression and anxiety symptoms for children with HFASDs based on parent reports; however no significant between-group differences based on child self-reports. Within-condition source comparisons (parent vs. child) revealed a significant multivariate effect indicating a significant difference in symptoms of depression and anxiety for the HFASD group but none for the control. Correlations between parent and child reports for the HFASD group suggested some positive association between child-reports and parent-reports for depressive symptoms only; however, the difference in average scores reflected a substantial discrepancy in the magnitude of symptoms by rater. Implications for clinical assessment and future research are provided.

DOI: 10.1007/s10802-010-9406-1
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@article{Lopata2010AnxietyAD, title={Anxiety and depression in children with HFASDs: symptom levels and source differences.}, author={Christopher J. Lopata and Jennifer A. Toomey and Jeffery D. Fox and Martin A. Volker and Sabrina Y Chow and Marcus L. Thomeer and Gloria K. Lee and Jonathan D. Rodgers and Christin A McDonald and Audrey M Smerbeck}, journal={Journal of abnormal child psychology}, year={2010}, volume={38 6}, pages={765-76} }