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Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Wood Jeffrey J, Philip C. Kendall, Eric A. Storch, Patricia Renno, Connor M. Kerns

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Chapter 2

Prevalence of Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Rachel Kent and Emily Simonoff,    Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, London, United Kingdom

Abstract

This chapter reviews the current knowledge about the prevalence of and risk factors associated with anxiety disorders in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prevalence rates for a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder are considered only from studies that use clinical diagnostic interviews. We report that anxiety disorders are common in individuals with ASD and overall prevalence rates for anxiety disorders as an aggregate group range between 42% and 79%. The prevalence rates for individual anxiety disorders are variable. Specific phobia, obsessive compulsive ...

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