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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2/2010

01-02-2010 | Original Paper

Loneliness and Social Support in Adolescent Boys with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Auteurs: Mathias Lasgaard, Annette Nielsen, Mette E. Eriksen, Luc Goossens

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 2/2010

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Abstract

Loneliness and perceived social support were examined in 39 adolescent boys with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by means of a self-labeling loneliness measure, the UCLA Loneliness Scale (third version), and the Social Support Scale for Children. Twenty-one percent of the boys with ASD described themselves as often or always feeling lonely. Compared with 199 boys from regular schools in a national probability study, ASD was strongly associated with often or always feeling lonely (OR: 7.08, p < .0005), as well as with a higher degree of loneliness (F(1,229) = 11.1, p < .005). Perceived social support from classmates, parents, and a close friend correlated negatively with loneliness in ASD. The study, therefore, indicates a high occurrence of loneliness among adolescent boys with ASD and points at perceived social support as an important protective factor.

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Metagegevens
Titel
Loneliness and Social Support in Adolescent Boys with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Auteurs
Mathias Lasgaard
Annette Nielsen
Mette E. Eriksen
Luc Goossens
Publicatiedatum
01-02-2010
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 2/2010
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-009-0851-z