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dc.contributor.authorAndrews, Lize
dc.contributor.authorAttwood, Anthony
dc.contributor.authorSofronoff, Kate
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-19T01:00:35Z
dc.date.available2017-12-19T01:00:35Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.date.modified2014-06-17T04:49:01Z
dc.identifier.issn1750-9467
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.rasd.2013.09.010
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/60349
dc.description.abstractIndividuals with Asperger syndrome (AS) can have difficulty understanding, receiving and expressing appropriate affectionate behavior (Attwood, 2007). The purpose of the current study was to further evaluate the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral intervention program aimed at improving affectionate communication and friendship skills in children with AS. The pilot study of this program (Sofronoff, Eloff, Sheffield, & Attwood, 2011) was extended in the current study in a randomized controlled trial. Fifty-eight children with AS (aged 7-12 years) participated in the program and were randomly assigned to the intervention (n = 29) or waitlist (n = 29) condition. Parent-report measures indicated that, relative to the waitlist group, children in the intervention group showed significantly greater improvements in the overall appropriateness of their affectionate behavior to others after the program. Specifically, improvements were reported in the appropriate expression of affection to others and this finding was maintained at three-month follow-up. Parent-report measures further demonstrated significant improvements in children's communication of empathy to others at follow-up. Children's understanding of the purpose of affection approached significance. Overall, this study indicates that children with AS can be taught to interact more appropriately. The limitations and suggestions for future research are discussed.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1568
dc.relation.ispartofpageto1578
dc.relation.ispartofissue12
dc.relation.ispartofjournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
dc.relation.ispartofvolume7
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSpecialist Studies in Education
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode170199
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1303
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1701
dc.titleIncreasing the appropriate demonstration of affectionate behavior, in children with Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism, and PDD-NOS: A randomized controlled trial
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorAttwood, Anthony J.


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