ERIC Number: EJ1212197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Relations among Activity Participation, Friendship, and Internalizing Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dovgan, Kristen N.; Mazurek, Micah O.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v23 n3 p750-758 Apr 2019
Social interaction difficulties in children with autism spectrum disorder can be challenging, especially during adolescence. In addition, high rates of comorbid internalizing disorders in autism spectrum disorder can lead to social isolation. With limited social activity participation, social deficits and internalizing problems in autism spectrum disorder may be related to participation, exposure, and practice with friends. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relations among friendship, activity participation, and internalizing problems. Participants included 129 children with autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 6 and 18 years. Measures of friendship, sport, hobby, and club participation, and internalizing problems were assessed. Results showed that activity participation was related to more friendships, even after controlling for intelligence quotient. This study sheds light on the impact of social engagement with peers in developing and maintaining friendships as well as managing internalizing problems.
Descriptors: Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Friendship, Social Isolation, Adolescents, Check Lists, Child Behavior, Adjustment (to Environment), Behavior Rating Scales, Correlation
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales