Social vulnerability and bullying in children with Asperger syndrome.

Sofronoff, Kate, Dark, Elizabeth and Stone, Valerie (2011) Social vulnerability and bullying in children with Asperger syndrome.. Autism, 15 3: 355-372. doi:10.1177/1362361310365070

Author Sofronoff, Kate
Dark, Elizabeth
Stone, Valerie
Title Social vulnerability and bullying in children with Asperger syndrome.
Journal name Autism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1362-3613
Publication date 2011-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1362361310365070
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 355
End page 372
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Children with Asperger syndrome (AS) have IQ within the normal range but specific impairments in theory of mind, social interaction and communication skills. The majority receive education in mainstream schools and research suggests they are bullied more than typically developing peers. The current study aimed to evaluate factors that predict bullying for such children and also to examine a new measure, the Social Vulnerability Scale (SVS). One hundred and thirty three parents of children with AS completed the SVS and of these 92 parents completed both the SVS and questionnaires measuring anxiety, anger, behaviour problems, social skills and bullying. Regression analyses revealed that these variables together strongly predicted bullying, but that social vulnerability was the strongest predictor. Test—re-test and internal consistency analyses of the SVS demonstrated sound psychometric properties and factor analyses revealed two sub-scales: gullibility and credulity. Limitations of the study are acknowledged and suggestions for future research discussed.
Keyword Asperger syndrome
Social vulnerability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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