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Assessing Subjective Emotional Experience in a Non-Autistic Population
Science Journal of Clinical Medicine
Volume 8, Issue 4, July 2019, Pages: 39-43
Received: May 14, 2019; Accepted: Jun. 18, 2019; Published: Aug. 16, 2019
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Iain Mccaw, General Adult Psychiatry, East Riding Addictions Service, Hull, United Kingdom
Sarah Talari, Learning Disability Service, Parkside Lodge, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Clinicians within the Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service (LADS) have found that many of our patients have difficulty answering questions pertaining to subjective emotional experience. It was felt by clinicians within the service that service users who were later diagnosed as neuro-typical also had difficulty answering questions related to their subjective emotional state. It was felt that by examining responses to the meaning of four common emotional states (relaxation, anger, anxiety and happiness) in a neuro-typical population, themes or common words or phrases could be elicited in the description of each emotion. These questions were similar in scope to those found within the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition, which is used by LADS during diagnostic assessments. This would then allow clinicians a means of comparing a service user’s responses with what could be expected from a neuro-typical population. We felt that other teams within our organization unconnected with the Autism Diagnostic Service, could serve as a useful neuro-typical population. An online survey link was therefore sent to different administration teams within Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust, which allowed participants to complete four questions, each one asking them to describe the subjective meaning of relaxation, anger, anxiety and happiness in turn. There were no specific inclusion or exclusion criteria for these survey participants. Each question provided an area where each survey participant could express this in up to a few sentences. Following this, the results were analysed for common descriptors and actions, associated in the responses for a particular emotion. When analysing the results, it was evident that actions and activities were more frequently used in responses by the survey participants in responses to questions related to relaxation, anger and happiness, however were less apparent in the responses to describe anxiety. It is hoped that these results will be able to guide clinicians in interpreting and scoring diagnostic screening tools for Autism by providing more knowledge about neuro-typical responses.
Autism, Alexithymia, Neuro-typical, Subjective Emotional Experience
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Iain Mccaw, Sarah Talari, Assessing Subjective Emotional Experience in a Non-Autistic Population, Science Journal of Clinical Medicine. Vol. 8, No. 4, 2019, pp. 39-43. doi: 10.11648/j.sjcm.20190804.12
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