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dc.contributor.authorLYDON, SINEADen
dc.contributor.authorHEALY, OLIVEen
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-04T12:07:43Z
dc.date.available2015-03-04T12:07:43Z
dc.date.created2015en
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.date.submitted2015en
dc.identifier.citationLydon, Sinéad Healy, Olive Roche, Michelle Henry, Rebecca Mulhern, Teresa Hughes, Brian M., Salivary cortisol levels and challenging behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 10, 0, 2015, 78 - 92en
dc.identifier.issn1750-9467en
dc.identifier.otherYen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/73398
dc.descriptionPUBLISHEDen
dc.description.abstractA relationship between stress and challenging behavior in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been theorized but infrequently examined empirically. The current study sought to examine the relationship between a parent-reported measure of stress, a physiological measure of stress (diurnal salivary cortisol), and various topographies of challenging behavior among 61 children and adolescents diagnosed with ASD between the ages of three and 18 years. Significant differences in cortisol levels between those engaging in high and low rates of stereotyped behavior were observed such that higher levels of stereotypy appeared an overt manifestation of higher levels of stress. A comparison between a subset of participants with ASD and typically developing peers matched on age, gender, and pubertal status failed to yield any differences in diurnal cortisol levels or cortisol variability between the two groups. The results of the current study suggest that similar levels of stress may exist among children with autism and their typically developing peers, but that for a subset of individuals with ASD, stereotyped behavior may be an indicator of elevated cortisol levels.en
dc.format.extent78en
dc.format.extent92en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesResearch in Autism Spectrum Disordersen
dc.relation.ispartofseries10en
dc.relation.ispartofseries0en
dc.rightsYen
dc.subjectAutismen
dc.subjectasperger syndromeen
dc.subjectstressen
dc.subjectcortisolen
dc.subjectphysiologicalen
dc.subjectchallenging behavioren
dc.subjectself-injuryen
dc.subjectstereotypyen
dc.subjectrepetitive behavioren
dc.subjectaggressionen
dc.titleSalivary cortisol levels and challenging behavior in children with autism spectrum disorderen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.type.supercollectionscholarly_publicationsen
dc.type.supercollectionrefereed_publicationsen
dc.identifier.peoplefinderurlhttp://people.tcd.ie/healyolen
dc.identifier.rssinternalid101579en
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dc.identifier.rssurihttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1750946714002621en


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