ERIC Number: EJ1179119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Brief Report: Social Functioning Predicts Externalizing Problem Behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Shea, N.; Payne, E.; Russo, N.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v48 n6 p2237-2242 Jun 2018
Individuals with ASD often display externalizing behaviors, which have been associated with lower quality of life in adulthood. Social difficulties have been hypothesized to underlie externalizing problems among individuals with ASD (Klin and Volkmar in "Asperger Syndrome," 340-366, 2000), but this has never been tested empirically. We examined whether socialization abilities predicted externalizing problems assessed by parent report in a group of 29 individuals with ASD (age range 7-16 years) and 29 TD individuals matched for IQ, age, and gender. Socialization scores accounted for 50% of the variance in externalizing behaviors among individuals with ASD, but not in TD children. These findings have implications for intervention, and suggest that targeting social difficulties might provide a better means to addressing externalizing problems.
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Behavior Problems, Quality of Life, Parent Surveys, Matched Groups, Intelligence Quotient, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Intervention, Social Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Socialization, Interpersonal Competence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1R01MH10153601