ERIC Number: EJ1125524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Parents Perceive Improvements in Socio-Emotional Functioning in Adolescents with ASD Following Social Skills Treatment
Lordo, Danielle N.; Bertolin, Madison; Sudikoff, Eliana L.; Keith, Cierra; Braddock, Barbara; Kaufman, David A. S.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n1 p203-214 Jan 2017
The current study examined the effectiveness of a social skills treatment (PEERS) for improving socio-emotional competencies in a sample of high-functioning adolescents with ASD. Neuropsychological and self- and parent-report measures assessing social, emotional, and behavioral functioning were administered before and after treatment. Following social skills treatment, adolescents with ASD exhibited decreased aggression, anxiety, and withdrawal, as well as improvements in emotional responsiveness, adaptability, leadership, and participation in activities of daily living, though no change was found in affect recognition abilities. These findings suggest that PEERS social skills treatment improves particular aspects of emotional, behavioral, and social functioning that may be necessary for developing and maintaining quality peer relationships and remediating social isolation in adolescents with ASD.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Adolescents, Interpersonal Competence, Emotional Development, Outcomes of Treatment, Parent Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Pretests Posttests, Prosocial Behavior, Aggression, Anxiety, Withdrawal (Psychology), Emotional Response, Adjustment (to Environment), Daily Living Skills, Recognition (Psychology), Peer Relationship, Social Isolation
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