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October 27, 2022 - July 31, 2023

In our international study, we want to find out how Selective Mutism differs from Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are particularly interested in whether the situation has an influence on certain symptoms, for example, whether symptoms occur just as frequently at home in a familiar environment as in an unfamiliar environment. A symptom could be described as a sign by which a particular mental illness can be identified. In general, mental illnesses are associated with various symptoms. Therefore, in order to recognize a mental illness, it is essential to know as many symptoms as possible and to know how often and when they occur. This is particularly important for diagnostics, but also when it comes to providing the affected children with the best possible therapeutic support. We are also interested in surveying parents of neurotypical children without mental illness to determine possible differences. The study involves six questionnaires (approximately 40 minutes) that are completed online.

What are the goals of the study?

To gain knowledge on symptoms of selective mutism and autism and whether those are context-dependent.

What will happen during the visit or online?

Fill out questionnaire

How will this help families?

There are several hints that selective mutism is comorbid in a significant portion of autistic children. This research will enhance our understanding of selective mutism and autism and will help differentiate between the two conditions.

Eligibility Criteria

You can participate in this study if you are at least 18 years old and:

Have a child aged 4-12 years with an existing diagnosis of Selective Mutism/Autism Spectrum Disorder OR you have a child aged 4-12 years without a mental / neurodevelopmental disorder

View the study flyer here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact StudieSMASS@psychol.uni-giessen.de

Research Study Website
Abteilung für Klinische Kinder- und Jugendpsychologie

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