Physical Aggression in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date Published: 
December 27, 2012

The prevalence of physical aggression was 53% across a sample of nearly 1600 children and adolescents with ASD. Girls and boys were equally likely to display aggressive behaviors. The researchers suggest sleep problems, self-injury and sensory problems may increase risk for physical aggression, and argue for better identification and treatment of these conditions.