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(p. 146) Moderators and Mediators of Treatments for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders 

(p. 146) Moderators and Mediators of Treatments for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders
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(p. 146) Moderators and Mediators of Treatments for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Author(s):

Matthew D. Lerner

and Susan W. White

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199360345.003.0007
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date: 25 January 2020

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) represent chronic and impairing symptoms in the domains of social, communication, and restricted/repetitive behavior. Core social deficits often maintain and become more impactful as individuals develop into middle childhood and adolescence. Thus, interventions targeting this age group have proliferated, and the field has begun to consider moderators and mediators of their effects. Emerging evidence suggests that age and verbal ability may be reliable moderators, while others (e.g., comorbidities, insight) are the focus of ongoing study. Meanwhile, while no well-supported mediators yet exist, research has begun to examine theoretically grounded candidates (e.g. emotion recognition, alliance, motivation). This chapter reviews existing evidence to date, while highlighting theorized and implied mechanisms that may be especially fruitful for future study.

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