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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Experiences of Autism Acceptance and Mental Health in Autistic Adults
Author(s): Cage, Eilidh
Di Monaco, Jessica
Newell, Victoria
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Keywords: Autism acceptance
Mental health
Issue Date: Feb-2018
Date Deposited: 8-Jan-2020
Citation: Cage E, Di Monaco J & Newell V (2018) Experiences of Autism Acceptance and Mental Health in Autistic Adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48 (2), pp. 473-484.
Abstract: Mental health difficulties are highly prevalent in individuals on the autism spectrum. The current study examined how experiences and perceptions of autism acceptance could impact on the mental health of autistic adults. 111 adults on the autism spectrum completed an online survey examining their experiences of autism acceptance, along with symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Regression analyses showed that autism acceptance from external sources and personal acceptance significantly predicted depression. Acceptance from others also significantly predicted stress but acceptance did not predict anxiety. Further analyses suggested that experiences of “camouflaging” could relate to higher rates of depression. The current study highlights the importance of considering how autism acceptance could contribute to mental health in autism.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10803-017-3342-7
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