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Group cognitive behavioural therapy program shows potential in reducing symptoms of depression and stress among young people with ASD

McGillivray, J. A. and Evert, H. T. 2014, Group cognitive behavioural therapy program shows potential in reducing symptoms of depression and stress among young people with ASD, Journal of autism and developmental disorders, vol. 44, no. 8, pp. 2041-2051, doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2087-9.

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Title Group cognitive behavioural therapy program shows potential in reducing symptoms of depression and stress among young people with ASD
Author(s) McGillivray, J. A.ORCID iD for McGillivray, J. A. orcid.org/0000-0003-2000-6488
Evert, H. T.
Journal name Journal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume number 44
Issue number 8
Start page 2041
End page 2051
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2014-08
ISSN 1573-3432
Keyword(s) Autism Spectrum Disorder
CBT intervention
Group
Negative and anxious self talk
Stress
Social Sciences
Psychology, Developmental
Psychology
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL
ASPERGER-SYNDROME
ANXIETY DISORDERS
SELF-STATEMENTS
CHILDREN
INTERVENTION
YOUTH
CBT
Summary We examined the efficacy of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered in groups on the reduction of symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress in young people on the autism spectrum. Utilising a quasi-experimental design, comparisons were made between individuals allocated to a group intervention program and individuals allocated to a waitlist. Following the intervention program, participants who were initially symptomatic reported significantly lower depression and stress scores on the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales in comparison to individuals on the waitlist. There was no significant change in anxiety related symptoms. The benefits were maintained at 3 and 9 month follow-up. Our findings demonstrate the potential of CBT in a small group setting for assisting young people with ASD who have symptoms of depression and stress.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10803-014-2087-9
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069891

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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