Handbook of Autism and Anxiety

  • Thompson E. Davis III
  • Susan W. White
  • Thomas H. Ollendick

Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction and Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lawrence Scahill, Elizabeth Turin, Andrea Nichole Evans
      Pages 3-13
    3. Peter Muris
      Pages 31-45
    4. Marie Nebel-Schwalm, Julie Worley
      Pages 47-60
    5. Laura D. Seligman, Erin F. Swedish, Ellen Flannery-Schroeder
      Pages 61-73
    6. Connor Morrow Kerns, Philip C. Kendall
      Pages 75-89
    7. Carla A. Mazefsky, John Herrington
      Pages 91-103
  3. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Specific Anxiety Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Monica S. Wu, Brittany M. Rudy, Eric A. Storch
      Pages 107-120
    3. Susan W. White, Amie R. Schry, Nicole L. Kreiser
      Pages 121-136
    4. Thompson E. Davis III, Thomas H. Ollendick
      Pages 137-152
  4. Assessment and Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Kate Sofronoff, Renae Beaumont, Jonathan A. Weiss
      Pages 171-183
    3. Christopher Lopata, Marcus L. Thomeer
      Pages 201-214
  5. Implications and Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. James C. McPartland, Geraldine Dawson
      Pages 231-245
    3. Catherine Lord, Katherine Gotham
      Pages 247-261
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-264

About this book


The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has evolved greatly since Asperger's day. And as our clinical understanding of this spectrum of disorders has grown, so has recognition of the connections between anxiety disorders and ASD—a welcome development, but also a source of confusion for many in the field.

The Handbook of Autism and Anxiety brings together leading experts to explain this comorbidity, the diagnostic similarities and differences between the two disorders, and the extent to which treatment for each can be coordinated for optimum results. Focusing on repetitive behaviors, social difficulties, and fears as core components of anxiety disorders as well as ASD, contributors discuss specific symptoms in depth to aid in diagnosis. Assessment and treatment issues relevant to the autism-anxiety connection are considered in clinical and school contexts. And an especially timely conclusion details how key changes in the DSM-5 affect the diagnosis and conceptualization of each disorder.

Key topics addressed in the Handbook include:

  • Phenotypic variability in ASD: clinical considerations.
  • Etiologic factors and transdiagnostic processes.
  • Social worries and difficulties: autism and/or social anxiety disorder?
  • Implementing group CBT interventions for youth with ASD and anxiety in clinical practice.
  • Autism and anxiety in school settings.
  • DSM-5 and autism spectrum disorder

The Handbook of Autism and Anxiety is an essential resource for researchers, clinicians/professionals, and graduate students in child and school psychology, psychiatry, social work, education, clinical counseling, and behavioral therapy.


ASDs and anxiety Anxiety disorders and autism Asperger’s Syndrome and anxiety Assessing anxiety in children Autism and anxiety and developmental issues Autism and anxiety in school Autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder Autism spectrum disorders and anxiety DSM-5 and anxiety DSM-5 and autism DSM-5 and autism spectrum disorder Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition Fear and specific phobia and ASD Genetic and biological risk factors in ASD and anxiety Pharmacological interventions for anxiety comorbid with ASD Pharmacological side effects for anxiety comorbid with ASD Psychopathology and anxiety Social phobia, ASDs, and anxiety Transdiagnostic processes in ASD and anxiety Treating anxiety in children

Editors and affiliations

  • Thompson E. Davis III
    • 1
  • Susan W. White
    • 2
  • Thomas H. Ollendick
    • 3
  1. 1.Louisiana State University Department of PsychologyBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyVirginia Tech Child Study CenterBlacksburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-06795-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-06796-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-922X
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-9238
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