ERIC Number: EJ944058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Writing, Asperger Syndrome and Theory of Mind
Brown, Heather M.; Klein, Perry D.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n11 p1464-1474 Nov 2011
This research compared the written compositions of 16 adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders and 16 neurotypical control participants, and examined the influence of theory of mind on their writing. Participants ranging in age from 17 years to 42 years, matched on Vocabulary subtest scores from the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (1997), completed the Social Attribution Task and wrote an expository and a narrative text. Texts were assessed on 18 variables representing quality, mechanics, and length. It was found that adults with HFASD wrote lower quality narrative and expository texts, and narratives of shorter length. Theory of mind was positively associated with writing quality and text length across both genres.
Descriptors: Theory of Mind, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Writing Skills, Comparative Analysis, Adults, Late Adolescents, Writing Assignments, Expository Writing, Personal Narratives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale