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Anxiety in Williams Syndrome: The role of social behaviour, executive functions and change over time

Ng-Cordell, Elise; Hanley, Mary; Alyssa, Kelly; Riby, Deborah M.

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Elise Ng-Cordell

Kelly Alyssa



Abstract

Anxiety is a prevalent mental health issue for individuals with Williams syndrome (WS). Relatively little is known about the developmental course of anxiety, or how it links with core features of WS, namely social and executive functioning (EF). In this study, parent-reports of anxiety were compared across a 4-year period (N = 17), and links between anxiety, social and EF were explored from concurrent parent-reports (N = 26). Results indicated that high anxiety persisted over time, and anxiety was related to impairments in both social and executive functioning. Importantly, results indicated that impairments in EFs may drive the links between anxiety and social functioning. This timely investigation provides new insights into anxiety in WS and highlights potential areas for intervention.

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Ng-Cordell, E., Hanley, M., Alyssa, K., & Riby, D. M. (2018). Anxiety in Williams Syndrome: The role of social behaviour, executive functions and change over time. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(3), 796-808. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3357-0

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 15, 2017
Online Publication Date Nov 9, 2017
Publication Date Mar 1, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 26, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2017
Journal Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN 0162-3257
Electronic ISSN 1573-3432
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Issue 3
Pages 796-808
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3357-0

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