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Using and reasoning about social strategies in autism spectrum disorder in everyday situations

Bellesi, G; Jameel, L; Vyas, K; Crawford, S; Channon, S; (2016) Using and reasoning about social strategies in autism spectrum disorder in everyday situations. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders , 25 pp. 112-121. 10.1016/j.rasd.2016.02.004. Green open access

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Abstract

Although a substantial amount of previous work has been dedicated to the study of the possible theoretical mechanisms underpinning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), little research has examined the types of difficulties experienced by individuals in their everyday social functioning. University students with ASD and matched control participants performed the Social Strategy task. In this, they read a range of descriptions of social interactions, all ending with an awkward question asked by the story main character. The types of strategies they used to answer the awkward questions were examined. Compared to control participants, those with ASD used a more negative emotional tone in responding, generated more simple strategies including acquiescence or refusal, and fewer sophisticated strategies that considered all parties' perspectives. In a novel task condition, participants rank-ordered simple and sophisticated strategies, and gave justifications for their use. Rank-ordering did not differentiate the groups. Justifications given by those with ASD for simple strategies were more practical and less often character-based than those given by control participants; the groups did not differ in the justifications given for sophisticated strategies. The possible explanations of these findings and implications for informing current intervention programmes are considered.

Type: Article
Title: Using and reasoning about social strategies in autism spectrum disorder in everyday situations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2016.02.004
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2016.02.004
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
UCL classification: UCL
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/1475071
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