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The Interplay Between Anxiety and Social Functioning in Williams Syndrome

Riby, Deborah M., Hanley, Mary, Kirk, Hannah, Clark, Fiona, Little, Katie, Fleck, Ruth, Janes, Emily, Kelso, Linzi, O’Kane, Fionnuala, Cole-Fletcher, Rachel, Allday, Marianne Hvistendahl, Hocking, Darren, Cornish, Kim and Rodgers, Jacqui (2013) The Interplay Between Anxiety and Social Functioning in Williams Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 (5). pp. 1220-1229. ISSN 0162-3257

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The developmental disorder Williams syndrome (WS) has been associated with an atypical social profile of hyper-sociability and heightened social sensitivity across the developmental spectrum. In addition, previous research suggests that both children and adults with WS have a predisposition towards anxiety. The current research aimed to explore the profiles of social behaviour and anxiety across a broad age range of individuals with the disorder (n = 59, ages 6–36 years). We used insights from parental reports on two frequently used measures, the Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale (SCAS-P) and the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS). Severity of anxiety was correlated with a greater degree of social dysfunction as measured by the SRS in this group. We split the group according to high or low anxiety as measured by the SCAS-P and explored the profile of social skills for the two groups. Individuals high and low in anxiety differed in their social abilities. The results emphasise the need to address anxiety issues in this disorder and to consider how components of anxiety might relate to other features of the disorder.

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Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2021 11:10
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Author: Rachel Cole-Fletcher ORCID iD
Author: Deborah M. Riby
Author: Mary Hanley
Author: Hannah Kirk
Author: Fiona Clark
Author: Katie Little
Author: Ruth Fleck
Author: Emily Janes
Author: Linzi Kelso
Author: Fionnuala O’Kane
Author: Marianne Hvistendahl Allday
Author: Darren Hocking
Author: Kim Cornish
Author: Jacqui Rodgers

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