Mindfulness in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Systematic Review and Narrative Analysis

  title={Mindfulness in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Systematic Review and Narrative Analysis},
  author={Renee Lee Cachia and Angelika Anderson and Dennis W. Moore},
  journal={Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more susceptible to stress, anxiety and depression than typically developing individuals. Previous research suggests that mindfulness is effective in reducing a myriad of psychological health problems in a wide variety of populations. This review systematically investigated the efficacy of mindfulness interventions in reducing stress, anxiety, depression, rumination and aggression and increasing positive affect and psychological well-being in… 

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