Title page for ETD etd-03242014-125147

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Adams, Hilary Lynn
URN etd-03242014-125147
Title The Moderating Effect of Gender on the Relationship Between Socialization and Internalizing Problems in Early Childhood
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Matson, Johnny Committee Chair
Davis, Thompson E III Committee Member
Hicks, Jason Committee Member
  • gender
  • socialization
  • internalizing problems
  • autism
Date of Defense 2013-11-04
Availability unrestricted
Researchers in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have confirmed that comorbidities are a common problem among diagnosed individuals. Current estimates suggest that more than two thirds meet criteria for an additional diagnosis of psychopathology. In particular, rates of several internalizing problems (i.e., anxiety, depression) appear to be greater for individuals with ASD than their typically developing counterparts. However, little research has been conducted examining factors apart from autism symptomatology that could influence this prevalence difference. Additionally, it is well established that anxiety and depression are more common in females than males in the general population. However, few studies have analyzed gender differences in internalizing problems in persons with ASD. Researchers who have examined this potential difference have obtained discrepant results. The current study aims to examine the interactions between autism symptomatology, comorbid internalizing problems, and gender by analyzing the potential moderating effect of gender on socialization differences predicting the development of internalizing problems in toddlers with autism.
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