The Construction and Evaluation of Three Affection Measures for Children with Asperger's syndrome

Ms Jessica Lee (). The Construction and Evaluation of Three Affection Measures for Children with Asperger's syndrome Professional Doctorate, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Ms Jessica Lee
Thesis Title The Construction and Evaluation of Three Affection Measures for Children with Asperger's syndrome
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Thesis type Professional Doctorate
Supervisor Dr Jeanie Sheffield
Dr Kate Sofronoff
Total pages 152
Abstract/Summary Children with Asperger’s syndrome are often reported in clinical settings by their parents as having difficulties communicating affection. This study aimed to develop a valid measure of affection that could be used to investigate these anecdotal reports and then be used in further intervention research. Three measures: the Affection for Others Questionnaire, Affection for You Questionnaire and General Affection Questionnaire, were developed with reference to the existing affection literature and through the use of parent and expert focus groups. The measures were completed by 126 parents of children with a clinician confirmed diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome. Analyses of the measures revealed clear factor structures with high internal consistencies and significant concurrent validities. The findings suggest that many children with Asperger’s syndrome have difficulties with affection that significantly impact on their daily functioning and their relationships with others and that future research is needed to develop interventions in this area.
Keyword Asperger's sydrome
Affection
Scale Analysis
Scale Construction
Questionnaire
Measure Development
Evaluation Studies
children

 
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