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A preliminary study of schema therapy for young adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder: a single-arm, uncontrolled trial

Authors
  • Oshima, Fumiyo1
  • Murata, Tomokazu1
  • Ohtani, Toshiyuki1, 2
  • Seto, Mikuko1
  • Shimizu, Eiji2
  • 1 Chiba University, 1-8-1 Inohana, Chuouku, Chiba, 260-8670, Japan , Chuouku (Japan)
  • 2 Chiba University, Chiba, Japan , Chiba (Japan)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Research Notes
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Apr 29, 2021
Volume
14
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-021-05556-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

ObjectivePsychological problems associated with isolation and mistrust are common among young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Schema therapy (ST) has recently been shown to be effective against chronic personality problems of various mental disorders, including personality disorders. This pilot clinical trial aimed to explore the feasibility and acceptability of ST in young adults with high-functioning ASD.ResultsFollowing the intervention, a significant reduction in early maladaptive schemas and improvements in quality of life and social adjustment were observed. ST may be feasible and is applicable to young adults with HF-ASD.Trial registration UMIN000014535; registered on July 11, 2014

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