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Social interest in high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorders

Fletcher-Watson, Sue, Leekam, Susan R. ORCID: and Findlay, John M. 2013. Social interest in high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities 28 (4) , pp. 222-229. 10.1177/1088357613480829

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are principally characterized by impairments in social functioning. Experimental investigation often is conducted using methods measuring social attention, social cognition, and social communication. In this study, we instead measured interest in social information, making a distinction between basic-level person-centered social information such as physical attributes of people (“human” information) and high-level social information such as hypotheses about mental states, emotion, and relationships (“social” information). Based on content analysis of verbal descriptions of color images, 31 young adults (4 women), aged 17 to 25 years with ASD, and 35 typically developing young adults (8 women), aged 17 to 31 years, devoted similar proportions of their descriptions to human and social topics. Results are interpreted in the context of current calls for more ecologically valid methodology and in relation to other assessments of social processing in ASD.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: high-functioning autism; Asperger syndrome; content analysis; social interest
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1088-3576
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:22

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