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The Experience of Mindfulness for Children with Autism: An Examination of Self-Report and Electrodermal Response

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dc.contributor.advisor Weiss, Jonathan
dc.creator Black, Karen Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-21T13:56:33Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-21T13:56:33Z
dc.date.copyright 2018-08-20
dc.date.issued 2018-11-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35584
dc.description.abstract Little is known about how children with autism respond to mindfulness activities within cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). As many children with autism also struggle to report their emotional experience, this study explored how enjoyment ratings of therapeutic activities within a CBT intervention were associated with physiological arousal, and whether patterns of arousal differed for mindful as compared to computer activities. Data was collected during a 10-week CBT-based emotion regulation intervention for children with autism (N = 35). Multilevel growth modeling revealed that greater mindfulness enjoyment was predicted by higher autism symptoms, greater child motivation to participate in therapy and greater child worry dysregulation. Greater computer enjoyment was predicted by greater child motivation to participate in therapy. Lower mindfulness arousal was predicted by higher child-reported ability to cope with worry. Findings lay groundwork towards a psychological profile of school-age children with autism who may derive particular enjoyment from mindfulness activities.
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
dc.subject Clinical psychology
dc.title The Experience of Mindfulness for Children with Autism: An Examination of Self-Report and Electrodermal Response
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.degree.discipline Psychology (Functional Area: Clinical-Developmental)
dc.degree.name MA - Master of Arts
dc.degree.level Master's
dc.date.updated 2018-11-21T13:56:32Z
dc.subject.keywords Autism
dc.subject.keywords EDA
dc.subject.keywords Electrodermal activity
dc.subject.keywords Skin conductance
dc.subject.keywords Mindfulness
dc.subject.keywords CBT
dc.subject.keywords Cognitive behavioural therapy
dc.subject.keywords Child
dc.subject.keywords Youth

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