Cognitive behaviour therapy versus counselling intervention for anxiety in young people with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders: a pilot randomised controlled trial
White, Susan W.
Press, Dee A.
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
randomised controlled trial
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
cognitive behavioural therapy
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AbstractThe use of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) as a treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been explored in a number of trials. Whilst CBT appears superior to no treatment or treatment as usual, few studies have assessed CBT against a control group receiving an alternative therapy. Our randomised controlled trial compared use of CBT against person-centred counselling for anxiety in 36 young people with ASD, ages 12–18. Outcome measures included parent- teacher- and self-reports of anxiety and social disability. Whilst each therapy produced improvements inparticipants, neither therapy was superior to the other to a significant degree on any measure. This is consistent with findings for adults.
CitationMurphy S., Chowdhury U., White S., Reynolds L., Donald L., Gahan H., Iqbal Z., Kulkarni M., Scrivener L., Shaker-Naeeni H., & Press D.A. (2017) 'Cognitive behaviour therapy versus counselling intervention for anxiety in young people with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders: a pilot randomised controlled trial', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47 (11), pp.3446-3457.
SponsorsThe study was funded by South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom.
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