Brief Report: Effects of Sensory Sensitivity and Intolerance of Uncertainty on Anxiety in Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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This study examined the relations between anxiety and individual characteristics of sensory sensitivity (SS) and intolerance of uncertainty (IU) in mothers of children with ASD. The mothers of 50 children completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, the Highly Sensitive Person Scale and the IU Scale. Anxiety was associated with both SS and IU and IU was also associated with SS. Mediation analyses showed direct effects between anxiety and both IU and SS but a significant indirect effect was found only in the model in which IU mediated between SS. This is the first study to characterize the nature of the IU and SS interrelation in predicting levels of anxiety.
KeywordsSensory sensitivity Intolerance of uncertainty Parents Anxiety Autism spectrum disorders
We greatly appreciate the support and time given by the parents who were involved in the research.
Dr. Uljarević conceptualized and designed the study, carried out the initial analysis, drafted the initial manuscript, and approved the final manuscript as submitted. Dr. Carrington contributed to the analysis, reviewed and revised the manuscript, and approved the final manuscript as submitted. Dr. Leekam contributed to the conceptualization of the study, reviewed and revised the manuscript, and approved the final manuscript as submitted.
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Authors declare no conflict of interest.
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