Case report: 16-year-old male with autistic disorder with preoccupation with female feet

Maureen C. Early, Craig A. Erickson, Logan K. Wink, Christopher J. McDougle, Eric L. Scott

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Abstract

This paper highlights clinical challenges faced when diagnosing and then treating an individual presenting to a child and adolescent psychiatry clinic because of unwelcome comments he made to female peers about their feet. Novel use of exposure therapy helped him effectively decrease his comments from 1 to 2 times per month to once every 6 months. Conceptualizing this case as the individual's failed attempts toward relationships with females instead of sexual harassment led to diminution of problematic behavior. Implications for diagnosis and treatment of individuals with Autistic Disorder displaying problematic behaviors are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1133-1137
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

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Keywords

  • Autism
  • CY-BOCS-PDD
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Exposure therapy
  • Female feet
  • Preoccupation

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Case report : 16-year-old male with autistic disorder with preoccupation with female feet. / Early, Maureen C.; Erickson, Craig A.; Wink, Logan K.; McDougle, Christopher J.; Scott, Eric L.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 42, No. 6, 06.2012, p. 1133-1137.

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Early, Maureen C. ; Erickson, Craig A. ; Wink, Logan K. ; McDougle, Christopher J. ; Scott, Eric L. / Case report : 16-year-old male with autistic disorder with preoccupation with female feet. In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2012 ; Vol. 42, No. 6. pp. 1133-1137.
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