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ERIC Number: EJ1200838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
The Survey of Favorite Interests and Activities: Assessing and Understanding Restricted Interests in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Smerbeck, A.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v23 n1 p247-259 Jan 2019
Restricted interests are an established diagnostic symptom of autism spectrum disorder. While there is considerable evidence that these interests have maladaptive consequences, they also provide a range of benefits. This article introduces a new instrument, the Survey of Favorite Interests and Activities, and uses it to examine the nature of restricted interests in autism spectrum disorder. Respondents report substantial benefits of restricted interests as well as areas of difficulty. The Survey of Favorite Interests and Activities assesses Social Flexibility, Perseveration, Respondent Discomfort, Adaptive Coping, and Atypicality. All scales have Cronbach's a > 0.70. Age and socioeconomic status have little effect on Survey of Favorite Interests and Activities scales; nor does gender with the exception of interest Atypicality. The expected pattern of correlations with existing scales was found. Research and clinical implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavior Assessment System for Children