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Developing an Ecologically Valid Measure of Creativity for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Cocker, Polly; (2018) Developing an Ecologically Valid Measure of Creativity for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Overview: The subject of this thesis is creativity in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Part 1 provides a literature review of studies measuring creative thinking and the quality of creative ideas in children and adults with ASD. Both meta-analytic and narrative techniques are used to synthesise a profile of creativity in ASD. Recommendations are made to address the methodological limitations of the studies and more comprehensively and validly study creative performance in individuals with ASD. Part 2 presents an empirical paper describing the development and piloting of a new ecologically valid measure of creativity in children with ASD. Three tasks are investigated in relation to their psychometric properties: interrater and test-retest reliability; criterion and construct validity; and measure acceptability. Preliminary between-group comparisons are made to explore creative performance in children with and without ASD and observe how task conditions moderate these effects. A critical appraisal of the research project is put forward in Part 3. It offers a number of reflections on the process of developing the creativity tasks and scoring criteria as well as expanding upon limitations of the study. Further, it considers broader conceptual themes relating to research in the fields of creativity and ASD and the parallels with engaging in a creative research process. Finally, recommendations for future development of the task battery are made.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: Developing an Ecologically Valid Measure of Creativity for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056469
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