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 Effects of the relationship enhancement® program on social skills, empathy and social support for adults with autism spectrum disorders.


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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Issuance: single unit

Date Created: Spring 2014

Date Issued: 2014

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: Online Resource

Extent: 156 p.

Language(s): English

Summary: An important area of research is emerging for adults diagnosed with autismspectrum disorders (ASD) with respect to the challenges they face in their socialrelationships. Social relationships include those that are romantic in nature such as dating, cohabitation and marriage. Researchers suggest that engaging in a healthy and happy romantic relationship has many physical and mental health benefits that contribute to improved quality of life. This study used a quasi-experimental group design to explore the effects of psychoeducation for adults with ASD. Study participants were assigned to one of two group conditions. One group received the Relationship Enhancement®(RE) program and the other received RE with supplements targeting specific social skills. Social skills, empathy and social support were measured pre and post intervention for participants both within and between groups. Significant differences were found in the assessment of all participants, in both groups, as measured by t-tests and effect sizes in the variables of social skills (t(37)=- 2.28-2.72, p=.028-.029, η2=.122) and empathy (t(37)=-2.31, p=.027, η2=.123). These differences indicate that all participants, in both groups improved in social skills and empathy from pre to post treatment. No significant differences were found among all group participants for the variable of social support. There were no significant differences between groups for the three variables measured (p>0.05). Overall, these results provide support for the use of RE and the targeted supplements to increase social skills and empathy among adults with ASD who are interested in engaging in romantic relationships.

Identifier: FA00004096 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2014.

Subject(s): Asperger's syndrome -- Patients -- Conduct of lifeAsperger's syndrome -- Social aspectsAutism spectrum disordersInterpersonal relationsMindfulness based cognitive therapyPsychology, Pathological

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA00004096

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Owner Institution: FAU



Author: Cunningham, Alexandra, author Sperry, Len Dr., Thesis advisor College of Education, Degree grantor

Source: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A13432



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