Group based cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder

a randomised controlled trial in a general child psychiatric hospital setting

Tina R. Kilburn*, Merete J. Sørensen, Mikael Thastum, Ronald M. Rapee, Charlotte U. Rask, Kristian B. Arendt, Anders H. Carlsen, Per H. Thomsen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programs adapted to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) effectively reduce anxiety when run in university clinics. Forty-nine children aged 8–14 years participated in a waitlist controlled study in a general child psychiatric hospital setting. Post-treatment 30% of the children were free of their primary anxiety diagnoses and 5% were free of all anxiety diagnoses. No statistically significant difference between the two trial conditions were found on primary outcomes. However, statistically significant differences were found on secondary outcomes indicating clinically meaningful treatment responses. Together with high program satisfaction this study shows the CBT program to be feasible and potentially efficacious in treating anxiety in children with ASD in a general child psychiatric hospital setting.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • anxiety disorder
  • CBT
  • children

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