Increasing the appropriate demonstration of affectionate behavior, in children with Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism, and PDD-NOS: A randomized controlled trial

Andrews, Lize, Attwood, Tony and Sofronoff, Kate (2013) Increasing the appropriate demonstration of affectionate behavior, in children with Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism, and PDD-NOS: A randomized controlled trial. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7 12: 1568-1578. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2013.09.010


Author Andrews, Lize
Attwood, Tony
Sofronoff, Kate
Title Increasing the appropriate demonstration of affectionate behavior, in children with Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism, and PDD-NOS: A randomized controlled trial
Journal name Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1750-9467
1878-0237
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.rasd.2013.09.010
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Issue 12
Start page 1568
End page 1578
Total pages 11
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Elsevier Inc.
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
3203 Clinical Psychology
3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
Abstract Individuals 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.
Keyword Affectionate behavior
Asperger syndrome
Friendship
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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