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Title: Story contents and intensity of the anxious symptomatology in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Authors: Iandolo, Giuseppe
López-Florit, Laura
Venuti, Paola
Neoh, Michelle J. Y.
Bornstein, Marc H.
Esposito, Gianluca
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Iandolo, G., López-Florit, L., Venuti, P., Neoh, M. J. Y., Bornstein, M. H., & Esposito, G. (2020). Story contents and intensity of the anxious symptomatology in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disor. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 25(1), 725-740. doi:10.1080/02673843.2020.1737156
Project: NAP-SUG
Journal: International Journal of Adolescence and Youth
Abstract: This study aimed to analyse and compare the storytelling of 25 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with a comparison group of 25 children with typical development. Children's narratives were transcribed verbatim, and their forms and contents were analysed. The two groups were matched according to the narrative cohesion of the story using the Bears Family Projective Test, equivalent verbal age, sex, and socioeconomic level. No differences in the forms of the stories emerged, but compared with the narratives of the typical development group, the narrative contents of the ASD group showed more adaptive and maladaptive behaviours of the characters, more problems, and less use of the atmosphere outside the home. These contents are related to the intensity of the anxious symptomatology indicated by the ASD group, their family members and teachers.
ISSN: 0267-3843
DOI: 10.1080/02673843.2020.1737156
Rights: © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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