Role of Intolerance of Uncertainty and Anxiety


Intolerance of uncertainty and anxiety as explanatory frameworks for extreme demand avoidance in children and adolescents

This research was conducted by researchers at the Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorder Service and South Tyneside Community Team, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, and School of Psychology, Newcastle University.

The abstract concludes:

"This study represents one of the first attempts to conceptualise and understand the behavioural features of the PDA profile in children and young people. It builds upon emerging evidence from the ASD literature that IU is a relevant construct for conceptualising demand avoidant behaviour in children who show PDA behaviour. This has potential clinical implications for the assessment and management of PDA in children and young people."


Authors: Lisa Stuart, Victoria Grahame, Emma Honey, Mark Freeston

Published: 22 May 2019, Child and Adolescent Mental Health