Emotion regulation and internalizing symptoms in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Rieffe, C., Oosterveld, P., Meerum Terwogt, M., Mootz, S., Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., & Stockmann, L. (2011). Emotion regulation and internalizing symptoms in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism, 15(6), 655-670. doi:10.1177/1362361310366571.
The aim of this study was to examine the unique contribution of two aspects of emotion regulation (awareness and coping) to the development of internalizing problems in 11-year-old high-functioning children with an autism spectrum disorder (HFASD) and a control group, and the moderating effect of group membership on this. The results revealed overlap between the two groups, but also significant differences, suggesting a more fragmented emotion regulation pattern in children with HFASD, especially related to worry and rumination. Moreover, in children with HFASD, symptoms of depression were unrelated to positive mental coping strategies and the conviction that the emotion experience helps in dealing with the problem, suggesting that a positive approach to the problem and its subsequent emotion experience are less effective in the HFASD group.
Max Planck Institute