Abstract reasoning and friendship in high functioning preadolescents with autism spectrum disorders

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Abstract

To investigate the relationship between cognitive and social functioning, 20 Israeli individuals with HFASD aged 8-12 and 22 age, maternal education, and receptive vocabulary-matched preadolescents with typical development (TYP) came to the lab with a close friend. Measures of abstract reasoning, friendship quality, and dyadic interaction during a play session were obtained. As hypothesized, individuals with HFASD were significantly impaired in abstract reasoning, and there were significant group differences in friend and observer reports of friendship quality. There also was consistency in reports between friends. Two factors-"relationship appearance" and "relationship quality" described positive aspects of the relationships. Disability status and age related to relationship appearance. Proband abstract reasoning was related to relationship quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-43
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Abstract reasoning
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Friendship
  • Intimacy
  • Responsiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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