ERIC Number: EJ1037074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 100
Going "Above and Beyond": Are Those High in Autistic Traits Less Pro-Social?
Jameel, Leila; Vyas, Karishma; Bellesi, Giulia; Roberts, Victoria; Channon, Shelley
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n8 p1846-1858 Aug 2014
Few studies have explored how the cognitive differences associated with autistic spectrum disorder translate into everyday social behaviour. This study investigated pro-social behaviour in students scoring high and low on the autism-spectrum quotient (AQ), using a novel scenario task: "Above and Beyond." Each scenario involved an opportunity to behave pro-socially, and thus required balancing the needs of a character against participants' own interests. High AQ participants both generated responses and selected courses of action that were less pro-social than those of the low AQ group. For actions of low pro-social value they gave higher self-satisfaction ratings; conversely, they gave lower self-satisfaction ratings for high pro-social actions. The implications for everyday functioning are considered for those with high autistic traits.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Social Behavior, Prosocial Behavior, Students, Vignettes, Student Behavior, Severity (of Disability), Satisfaction
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