Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

3-2018

Publisher

Springer

Source Publication

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Source ISSN

0162-3257

Abstract

Depression is a common concern among people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is often associated with social skills and relationship challenges. The present data, from a randomized controlled trial, examined the effect of PEERS® on self-reported depressive symptoms via the Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI) among 49 adolescents with ASD. Findings revealed that many CDI subscale scores declined (p’s < 0.05) and were related to direct social contact on the Quality of Socialization Questionnaire at posttest (p’s < 0.05). Exploratory analyses uncovered that suicidality was less evident following PEERS®. Findings support the notion that social functioning and depression may be intimately intertwined in ASD; therefore, bolstering social skills in ASD may positively influence other domains of functioning, including mental health.

Comments

Accepted version. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 48, No. 3 (March 2018): 834-843. DOI. © 2018 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Part of Springer Nature. Used with permission.

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