Dimensions of difficulty in children reported to have an autism spectrum diagnosis and features of extreme/‘pathological’ demand avoidance

O'Nions, Elizabeth and Viding, Essi and Floyd, Caroline and Quinlan, Emma and Pidgeon, Connie and Gould, Judith and Happé, Francesca (2018) Dimensions of difficulty in children reported to have an autism spectrum diagnosis and features of extreme/‘pathological’ demand avoidance. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 23 (3). pp. 220-227. ISSN Paper 1475-357X ; Online 1475-3588 Full text available

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Abstract

A subset of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) resemble descriptions of extreme/‘pathological’ demand avoidance, displaying obsessive avoidance of everyday demands and requests, strategic or ‘socially manipulative’ behaviour and sudden changes in mood. Investigating challenging presentations using dimensional description may prove preferable to identifying subgroups. However, there remains an imperative to explore which behavioural traits appear most problematic to inform quantitative investigation. This study provides an in‐depth exploration of parent perspectives on maladaptive behaviour in children reported to have an autism spectrum diagnosis and features of extreme/‘pathological’ demand avoidance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Department/People: Research
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URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2158

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