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Internalizing Symptoms Mediate the Relation Between Acute Pain and Autism in Adults.

Garcia-Villamisar, D, Moore, DJ and Garcia-Martínez, M (2018) Internalizing Symptoms Mediate the Relation Between Acute Pain and Autism in Adults. Journal of Autism and Development Disorders. ISSN 0162-3257

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Research on pain in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is in its infancy, with almost nothing known about how individual differences may predicting pain response in ASD. In the present study, 45 adults (28 male, age 22-48 years) with diagnoses of autism and intellectual delay were observed during vaccination or dental cleaning and their pain behaviours coded and measures of autism symptom severity, anxiety, depression and obsessivity taken. Our findings showed that greater autism severity predicted greater pain response which was partially mediated by anxiety and depression. These data suggest that mental health symptoms are important when considering pain response in autism. Mood must therefore be considered in future research on pain in ASD as well as clinical pain management.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Autism and Development Disorders. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3765-9
Uncontrolled Keywords: 13 Education, 17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Springer Verlag
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Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 11:11
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 10:01
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s10803-018-3765-9
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9462
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