ERIC Number: EJ1085531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Plugged In: Electronics Use in Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
MacMullin, Jennifer A.; Lunsky, Yona; Weiss, Jonathan A.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v20 n1 p45-54 Jan 2016
Although electronic technology currently plays an integral role for most youth, there are growing concerns of its excessive and compulsive use. This study documents patterns and impact of electronics use in individuals with autism spectrum disorder compared to typically developing peers. Participants included 172 parents of typically developing individuals and 139 parents of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, ranging in age from 6 to 21?years. Parents completed an online survey of demographics and the frequency, duration, and problematic patterns of electronics use in their youth and young adults. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder were reported to use certain electronics more often in the last month and on an average day, and had greater compulsive Internet and video game use than individuals without autism spectrum disorder. Across both samples, males used video games more often than females. Compared to parents of individuals without autism spectrum disorder, parents of individuals with autism spectrum disorder were significantly more likely to report that electronics use was currently having a negative impact. The implications of problematic electronics use for individuals with autism spectrum disorder are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Parents, Young Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Parent Surveys, Online Surveys, Internet, Video Games, Computer Use, Comparative Analysis, Questionnaires, Disability Identification, Statistical Analysis, Age Differences, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications
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