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Emotion Regulation in Preschoolers With Autism and Their Parents

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified August 2012 by Meir Medical Center.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
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First received: July 4, 2012
Last updated: August 9, 2012
Last verified: August 2012

July 4, 2012
August 9, 2012
November 2010
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Emotion regulation(ER)strategies during emotion eliciting episodes [ Time Frame: During a 2hr home visit, while the child interacts with the parent ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
The Frequency,duration and percentage of ER behaviors presented by the child and the parent will be coded microanalytically using computerized coding system: The Observer, Noldus Co., Waggeniggen, The Netherlands
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01643720 on Archive Site
Salivary hormone levels: Cortisol and Oxytocin of both parent and child [ Time Frame: collected 4 times during the assessment meeting, from both child and parent. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Changes in salivary Cortisol amd Oxytpcin levels over 3 time points during the home visit, before and after emotionally arousing activities. Collected from both parent and child.
Same as current
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Emotion Regulation in Preschoolers With Autism and Their Parents
Emotion Regulation in Preschoolers With Autism and Their Parents

In the proposed study, the investigators would like to investigate the emotion regulation (ER) strategies children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) demonstrate, and the influence parents have on their children's ER. More specifically, the investigators would like to examine what are the ER mechanisms that parents use, what mechanisms of self regulation children with autism internalize, and how parents support and improve the ER capabilities of their child with ASD. These will be studied in a behavioral level, using micro-analysis of parent-child interaction, and in a physiological level, using indexes of stress control and affiliation. In addition, in order for parental ER support to be effective, it is important to consider more innate neuro-developmental difficulties children with ASD demonstrate that strongly affect their ability to regulate themselves. These include sensory regulation difficulties, temperament, attention disorders and poor executive functioning.


  1. ER strategies used by children with ASD will be more poorly developed and less effective, compared to those of children in the control groups.
  2. Difficult temperament and sensory regulation difficulties will hamper ER in children with ASD.
  3. ER strategies of parents of children with ASD will be more poorly developed and less effective than those of parents in the control groups.
  4. Good parental self-ER and parental attunement to the child will be predictive of improved ER in children with ASD, and in parent-child synchrony, both in the behavioral and in the physiological levels.
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Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
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Retention:   Samples Without DNA

Saliva used for cortisol and oxytocin extraction

Non-Probability Sample

Participants in the study group will be recrutied from psychiatric clinics, after a diagnosis of ASD has been made, and from special education kindergartens.

participants in the comparison group will be recruited by adds suggesting participiation in the study that were published in variose cities and on the internet.

Autism Spectrum Disorders
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  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Children with Autism Disorders and their parents
  • Typically Developing
    Typically Developing children and their parents
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Active, not recruiting
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • For the study group:Children diagnosed with ASD
  • For the comparison group:Children with typical development

Exclusion Criteria:

  • For the study group:Non verbal children.
  • For the comparison group: Any major developmental disability.
3 Years to 6 Years
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Meir Medical Center
Meir Medical Center
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Study Chair: Nathaniel Laor, MD Brill Mental Health Center, Ramat Chen, Israel
Study Director: Ofer Golan, PhD Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Study Director: Ruth Feldman, PhD Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Principal Investigator: Nathaniel Laor, MD Brill Mental Health Center, Ramat Chen, Israel
Meir Medical Center
August 2012

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