The Presentation and Classification of Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Where to From Here?
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2013
© 2013 American Psychological Association. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the American Psychological Association
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 19, Issue 4, pages 352–355, December 2012
How to Cite
[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 19: 352–355, 2012]
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Received: 30 AUG 2012
- anxiety disorders;
- autism spectrum disorder in youth;
- psychometric theory;
- test validation process
In this brief commentary, we reflect on two issues attendant to the comprehensive review of anxiety in youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by Kerns and Kendall (2012). Specifically, we explore (a) issues related to unique and shared features of anxiety in youth with ASD and neurotypical youth and (b) the meaning of validation in psychological research. We conclude that anxiety in youth with ASD is characterized by a set of unique features that must be considered in assessing anxiety in these youth and that test instruments must attend to various aspects of a complex validation process. We conclude that validation is not a condition of an instrument per se but an ongoing, iterative process.