Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Predictors of Emotion Regulation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Rachel M. FenningEmail author
  • Jason K. Baker
  • Jacquelyn Moffitt
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102348-1

Emotion regulation (ER) involves the ability to understand, monitor, and modulate emotion states in the service of goal-directed activity (Thompson 1994). A number of studies have identified significant challenges with ER in children with ASD relative to children without ASD, including a tendency to use less adaptive and more maladaptive regulatory strategies (Jahromi et al. 2012; Mazefsky et al. 2014; Nuske et al. 2017; Samson et al. 2012, 2015a, b). ER strategies also appear to be less effective in reducing observed negativity for children with ASD than for children with neurotypical development (Jahromi et al. 2012), suggesting problems with strategy selection, utilization, and implementation. The growing evidence linking ER difficulties with comorbid emotional and behavioral problems in children with ASD (Mazefsky and White 2014; White et al. 2014) has underscored the importance of understanding factors that may predict increased risk for regulatory challenges in this population.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachel M. Fenning
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jason K. Baker
    • 1
  • Jacquelyn Moffitt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent StudiesCalifornia State University, FullertonFullertonUSA