Psychological Comorbidity and Functioning In a Clinically Referred Population of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Questionnaire-Based Cross-Sectional Study

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Dr. Pankaj Singh Dr. Himanshu Dua


Aim and Objective - The first aim of the present study was to work out the comorbidity of Autism Spectrum Disorder with other psychological behaviour problems. The second aim was to work out the comorbidity of Autism Spectrum Disorder with intelligence range. Our final aim was parenting counselling and guidance for understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) children and therapy, would even have direct clinical implications. For instance, clinicians could use the study’s results to proactively counselling parents and their family’s members of children’s with ASD who are at high risk for behaviour problem and comorbid problem.

Methods – A questionnaire-based cross-sectional study. 93 children from 3-to-6 year’s old children who were selected randomly via an easy sampling procedure from clientele children who were identified and diagnosed in N. K. P. Salve institute of medical sciences & research centre and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Nagpur. The research conducted from February 2018 to March 2019 (13 Months).

Results -The Current study indicates the presence of internalizing problem, and Externalizing problems among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD with Conduct disorder were present in 48.38%. Cognitively 13 children in the borderline range, 67 children with Mild Intellectual disability, and 15 children in Moderate Intellectual disability. As a result, parents with autism children experience mental, emotional, home, and physical adjustment, which may be disruptive and unsettling.

Conclusion – The implication of this study is to emphasize the role of mental and psychological health providers for adequate care delivery for children with autism, along with their parents. It is important to value and respect the individual mental health and coping styles of the parent

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