Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

16 p.

Publication Date

12-2016

Publisher

Springer

Source Publication

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Source ISSN

1573-3432

Original Item ID

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2911-5; PubMed Central: PMID: 27628940

Abstract

Young adults with ASD experience difficulties with social skills, empathy, loneliness, and social anxiety. One intervention, PEERS® for Young Adults, shows promise in addressing these challenges. The present study replicated and extended the original study by recruiting a larger sample (N = 56), employing a gold standard ASD assessment tool, and examining changes in social anxiety utilizing a randomized controlled trial design. Results indicated improvements in social responsiveness (SSIS-RS SS, p = .006 and CPB, p = .005; SRS, p = .004), PEERS® knowledge (TYASSK, p = .001), empathy (EQ, p = .044), direct interactions (QSQ-YA, p = .059), and social anxiety (LSAS-SR, p = .019). Findings demonstrate further empirical support for the intervention for individuals with ASD.

Comments

Accepted version. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 46, No. 12 (December 2016): 3739-3754. DOI. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York. Used with permission.

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