The construction and evaluation of three measures of affectionate behaviour for children with Asperger's syndrome

Sofronoff, Kate, Lee, Jessica, Sheffield, Jeanie and Attwood, Tony (2014) The construction and evaluation of three measures of affectionate behaviour for children with Asperger's syndrome. Autism, 18 8: 903-913. doi:10.1177/1362361313496336


Author Sofronoff, Kate
Lee, Jessica
Sheffield, Jeanie
Attwood, Tony
Title The construction and evaluation of three measures of affectionate behaviour for children with Asperger's syndrome
Journal name Autism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-7005
1362-3613
Publication date 2014-11-08
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1362361313496336
Volume 18
Issue 8
Start page 903
End page 913
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Children with Asperger’s syndrome are often reported by their parents as having difficulties communicating affection. This study aimed to develop a valid measure of affectionate behaviour that could be used to investigate and quantify these anecdotal reports and then be used in further intervention research. Using parent and expert focus groups, three measures (Affection for Others Questionnaire, Affection for You Questionnaire and General Affection Questionnaire) were developed with reference to the existing affection literature. The measures were completed by 131 parents of children with a clinician-confirmed diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome. Psychometric assessment of the measures revealed clear factor structures with high internal consistencies and significant concurrent validities. The findings suggest many children with Asperger’s syndrome have difficulties with affectionate behaviour that significantly impact their daily functioning and relationships with others, signalling future research needs to develop interventions in this area. Limitations of the research are also discussed.
Keyword Affection
Affectionate behaviour
Asperger's syndrome
Measurement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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