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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy as a Feasible and Potential Effective Treatment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and a History of Adverse Events

Lobregt-van Buuren, E., Sizoo, B., Mevissen, L. and de Jongh, Ad (2019) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy as a Feasible and Potential Effective Treatment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and a History of Adverse Events. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49 (1). pp. 151-164. ISSN Print: 0162-3257 Online: 1573-3432

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Abstract

The study investigated whether EMDR is a feasible therapy for adults with ASD and a history of adverse events, and whether it is associated with reductions in symptoms of PTSD, psychological distress and autism. Participants received 6 to 8 weeks treatment as usual (TAU), followed by a maximum of 8 sessions EMDR added to TAU, and a follow-up of 6-8 weeks with TAU only. Results showed a significant reduction of symptoms of post-traumatic stress (IES-R: d = 1.16), psychological distress (BSI: d = 0.93) and autistic features (SRS-A: d = 0.39). Positive results were maintained at follow-up. The results suggest EMDR therapy to be a feasible and potentially effective treatment for individuals with ASD who suffer from the consequences of exposure to distressing events.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: ASD, Autism spectrum disorder, Diagnostic overshadowing, EMDR, PTSD, Trauma
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Karol Kosinski
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 10:15
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 10:32
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6993

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