Externalizing and internalizing behaviors in ASD

Nirit Bauminger, Marjorie Solomon, Sally J. Rogers

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    The current study investigated the relationships between internalizing and externalizing (I-E) behaviors and family variables, including both parenting stress and quality of attachment relations, in children aged 8-12 with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or with typical development. Compared to the group with typical development, children with ASD exhibited significantly greater levels of psychopathology as assessed by the Child Behavior Checklist [Achenbach, 1991], and parents of children with ASD exhibited higher parenting stress as assessed by the Parenting Stress Index [Abidin, 1995]. In a hierarchical multiple regression analysis, parenting stress emerged as the most important predictor of children's I-E problems. Results are discussed in light of the two groups' similar relationships between parenting stress and child psychopathology.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)101-112
    Number of pages12
    JournalAutism Research
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jun 2010


    • Adaptive behavior
    • High-functioning ASD
    • Parental stress
    • Psychopathology


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