ERIC Number: ED290258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
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Peer Relations of Autistic Persons: Longitudinal Changes, Group Comparisons, and Correlations.
Diserio, Theresa R.; Serafica, Felicisima C.
The research examined the peer relations of autistic children and adults. In the first study, six autistic males (ages 6-21 years) were observed over a 1-year period. Results indicated that statistically significant improvements in peer relations were not observed over the 1-year period. Subsequently the peer relations of 11 autistic persons (ages 6-22 years) were compared at a single point in time to that of 11 developmentally delayed and 8 normal subjects matched for mental age. Older autistic individuals were significantly more likely to interact with adults and significantly less likely to interact with peers than the younger autistic subjects. When the autistic subjects did interact with peers these interactions were similar to those of matched developmentally delayed and normal subjects. Results suggested that autistic persons do make advances in their interactions with adults (but not in peer relations) with increasing age though these changes are not noticeable over a 1-year time span. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC, August 22-26, 1986).