Commentary: Demand Avoidance Phenomena, a manifold issue? Intolerance of uncertainty and anxiety as explanatory frameworks for extreme demand avoidance in children and adolescents – a commentary on Stuart et al. (2020)

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Woods, R. (2020). Commentary: Demand Avoidance Phenomena, a manifold issue? Intolerance of uncertainty and anxiety as explanatory frameworks for extreme demand avoidance in children and adolescents – a commentary on Stuart et al. (2020). Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 25 (2), pp. 68 -70.. https://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12368
AuthorsWoods, R.
Abstract

Demand Avoidance Phenomena (DAP) is a neutral term for Pathological Demand Avoidance, which is sometimes conceptualised as an autism subtype. There is much ongoing controversy around the construct. In this commentary, I attempt to contextualise the recent article, Intolerance of Uncertainty and anxiety (Stuart et al., 2019) within wider discourses. This discussion provides tentative support for monotropism autism theory and the growing body of research indicating that DAP may not be developmentally persistent (a high rate of persons not meeting clinical threshold into adulthood). Going forward I would suggest that Stuart and colleagues' research should be replicated, in order to add to the DAP literature.

KeywordsAnxiety; Autism; Demand Avoidance Phenomena; Monotropism Theory; Pathological Demand Avoidance.
Year2020
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Journal citation25 (2), pp. 68 -70.
PublisherAssociation for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12368
Web address (URL)https://acamh.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/camh.12368
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Accepted10 Dec 2019
Deposited13 Oct 2020
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Commentary: Demand Avoidance Phenomena, a manifold issue? Intolerance of uncertainty and anxiety as explanatory frameworks for extreme demand avoidance in children and adolescents – a commentary on Stuart et al. (2020), which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12368. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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