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ERIC Number: EJ943579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
An Investigation into Social Information Processing in Young People with Asperger Syndrome
Flood, Andrea Mary; Hare, Dougal Julian; Wallis, Paul
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v15 n5 p601-624 Sep 2011
Deficits in social functioning are a core feature of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), being linked to various cognitive and developmental factors, but there has been little attempt to draw on normative models of social cognition to understand social behaviour in ASD. The current study explored the utility of Crick and Dodge's (1994) information processing model to studying social cognition in ASD, and examined associations between social information processing patterns, theory of mind skills and social functioning. A matched-group design compared young people with Asperger syndrome with typically developing peers, using a social information processing interview previously designed for this purpose. The Asperger syndrome group showed significantly different patterns of information processing at the intent attribution, response generation and response evaluation stages of the information processing model. Theory of mind skills were found to be significantly associated with parental ratings of peer problems in the Asperger syndrome group but not with parental ratings of pro-social behaviour, with only limited evidence of an association between social information processing and measures of theory of mind and social functioning. Overall, the study supports the use of normative social information processing approaches to understanding social functioning in ASD. (Contains 1 note, 5 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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