Title

The relationship between anxiety, external structure, behavioral history and becoming locked into restricted and repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorder

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Cahin, A in press, 'The relationship between anxiety, external structure, behavioral history and becoming locked into restricted and repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorder', Issues in Mental Health Nursing.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01612840.2017.1418035

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Abstract

Restricted and repetitive behaviors (RRBs) are central to the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet there remains a paucity of research in this domain. What is clear is that people with ASD are vulnerable to getting locked into rigid patterns of thought and behavior that contribute to a lack of adaptation. This study utilized an online survey to explore the relationship between anxiety, external structure, the measurement of RRBs and behavioral history of being locked into RRBs. A significant relationship was identified between level of anxiety and a history of becoming locked into RRBs. The likelihood of becoming locked into RRBs increased at times of decreased external structure in the routine of people with ASD.

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