Co-Occurring Anger in Young People With Asperger's Syndrome
Version of Record online: 16 JUL 2012
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Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 68, Issue 10, pages 1142–1148, October 2012
How to Cite
Quek, L.-H., Sofronoff, K., Sheffield, J., White, A. and Kelly, A. (2012), Co-Occurring Anger in Young People With Asperger's Syndrome. J. Clin. Psychol., 68: 1142–1148. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21888
- Issue online: 11 SEP 2012
- Version of Record online: 16 JUL 2012
- Asperger's syndrome;
The co-occurrence of anger in young people with Asperger's syndrome (AS) has received little attention despite aggression, agitation, and tantrums frequently being identified as issues of concern in this population. The present study investigated the occurrence of anger in young people with AS and explores its relationship with anxiety and depression.
Sixty-two young people (12–23 years old) diagnosed with AS were assessed using the Beck Anger Inventory for Youth, Spence Children's Anxiety Scale, and Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale.
Among young people with AS who participated in this study, 41% of participants reported clinically significant levels of anger (17%), anxiety (25.8%) and/or depression (11.5%). Anger, anxiety, and depression were positively correlated with each other. Depression, however, was the only significant predictor of anger.
Anger is commonly experienced by young people with AS and is correlated with anxiety and depression. These findings suggest that the emotional and behavioral presentation of anger could serve as a cue for further assessment, and facilitate earlier identification and intervention for anger, as well as other mental health problems.