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Emotion Dysregulation Mediates the Relationship Between Sensory Processing and Behavior Problems in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Preliminary Study.

Authors
  • Sung, Yi-Shan1
  • Lin, Chung-Ying1
  • Chu, Shin Ying2
  • Lin, Ling-Yi3, 4
  • 1 Institute of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. , (Taiwan)
  • 2 Faculty of Health Sciences, Centre for Healthy Ageing and Wellness (H-CARE), National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. , (Malaysia)
  • 3 Institute of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. [email protected]. , (Taiwan)
  • 4 Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. [email protected]. , (Taiwan)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2024
Volume
54
Issue
2
Pages
738–748
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-022-05839-x
PMID: 36441430
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Emotion dysregulation is one of the challenges that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families face. It is unclear whether emotion dysregulation plays a mediating role in the relationship between sensory processing patterns and problem behaviors among these children. This study examined the relations between emotion dysregulation, behavioral problems, and sensory processing patterns among fifty-seven young children with ASD. Behavioral problems and sensory processing patterns were moderately to strongly correlated with emotion dysregulation. The relationship between sensory processing patterns and behavioral problems was significant with emotion dysregulation as a mediator. These findings help identify the relationship between emotion dysregulation, sensory processing patterns, and behavioral problems to facilitate the planning of intervention strategies for young children with ASD. © 2022. The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

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