ERIC Number: EJ1006612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Reference Count: 17
Fostering Friendships: Supporting Relationships among Youth with and without Developmental Disabilities
Carter, Erik W.; Asmus, Jennifer; Moss, Colleen K.
Prevention Researcher, v20 n2 p14-17 2013
Friendships are important not only to youth development but also to the growth and expansion of social networks. Although there has long been acknowledgment of this importance for youth, such relationships can be especially elusive for transition-age students with autism, intellectual disability, and other developmental disabilities. This article focuses on research-based approaches for promoting interactions and relationships among adolescents with developmental disabilities and their peers in school and community settings. Peer-mediated support interventions comprise an effective, feasible, and natural approach for fostering friendships during secondary school.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Developmental Disabilities, Friendship, Social Networks, Peer Relationship, Interaction, Adolescents, Educational Environment, Community Programs, Secondary School Students, Barriers, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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