ERIC Number: EJ1042884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
Promoting Peer Acceptance of Females with Higher-Functioning Autism in a Mainstream Education Setting: A Replication and Extension of the Effects of an Autism Anti-Stigma Program
Ranson, Natalia J.; Byrne, Mitchell K.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n11 p2778-2796 Nov 2014
This study evaluated the effects of an eight-session female higher-functioning autism anti-stigma program on the knowledge, attitudes and behavioural intentions of adolescent girls. Participants were seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students (N = 273) in a mainstream school. Two-eighth-grade classes were randomly allocated to the intervention condition. The remaining students were either allocated to the no-intervention peer or no-intervention non-peer condition. The anti-stigma program positively influenced knowledge, attitudes and to a lesser extent behavioural intentions towards peers with higher-functioning autism within the intervention condition. Some degree of attitudinal improvement occurred across all conditions following the program suggesting some spill over effects. Overall, findings provide preliminary evidence supporting the efficacy of an anti-stigma program tailored to support females with higher-functioning autism.
Descriptors: Females, Autism, Social Bias, Consciousness Raising, Knowledge Level, Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Intention, Adolescents, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Intervention, Comparative Analysis, Peer Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Mainstreaming
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools
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