Dr. white and colleagues publish study examining the role of emotion regulation on co-occuring psychopathology in adults with asd
Deficits in emotion regulation (ER) are commonly observed in individuals with ASD and may contribute to elevated rates
of psychiatric comorbidity. The objective of this study was to understand the relationship between ER (self-and caregiverreported)
and clinician-assigned mood and anxiety disorders in emerging adults with ASD (n = 27). Individuals with an anxiety
or mood disorder demonstrated significantly greater involuntary engagement (IE) for ER than those without an anxiety
or unipolar depression diagnosis. Furthermore, those without anxiety or depression reported significantly more voluntary
engagement (VE). However, consistent with prior findings outside of ASD, IE appears closely associated with internalizing
diagnoses, even when VE is also utilized. Research on clinical approaches to reduce reliance on involuntary approaches to
emotion management should be pursued.
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