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ERIC Number: EJ872135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Loneliness and Social Support in Adolescent Boys with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Lasgaard, Mathias; Nielsen, Annette; Eriksen, Mette E.; Goossens, Luc
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n2 p218-226 Feb 2010
Loneliness and perceived social support were examined in 39 adolescent boys with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by means of a self-labeling loneliness measure, the UCLA Loneliness Scale (third version), and the Social Support Scale for Children. Twenty-one percent of the boys with ASD described themselves as often or always feeling lonely. Compared with 199 boys from regular schools in a national probability study, ASD was strongly associated with often or always feeling lonely (OR: 7.08, p less than 0.0005), as well as with a higher degree of loneliness ("F"(1,229) = 11.1, p less than 0.005). Perceived social support from classmates, parents, and a close friend correlated negatively with loneliness in ASD. The study, therefore, indicates a high occurrence of loneliness among adolescent boys with ASD and points at perceived social support as an important protective factor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: UCLA Loneliness Scale