2019 Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

Keywords

Friendship; Autistic people--Social networks;

Abstract

Establishing and maintaining friendships is an essential aspect of basic human interactions. Creating and retaining these friendships, however, is frequently challenging for young adults with autism. Research regarding friendships between children with autism and their peers suggests positive correlations between healthy peer interactions and friendships in relation to children’s (both with and without autism) self-esteem (Bauminger et. al., 2008; Kalymon, Gettinger, & Hanley-Maxwell, 2010; Petrina, Carter, Stephenson, & Sweller, 2016). A study addressing the friendships between young adults with autism and their peers without disabilities is necessary to expand this literature as children age.

Start Date

3-4-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

3-4-2019 1:00 AM

Faculty Advisor

Amy Petersen

Department

Department of Special Education

File Format

application/pdf

Embargo Date

4-15-2019

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Friendship: Understanding the Differing Perspectives of Young Adults with Autism and Their Peers Without Autism

Establishing and maintaining friendships is an essential aspect of basic human interactions. Creating and retaining these friendships, however, is frequently challenging for young adults with autism. Research regarding friendships between children with autism and their peers suggests positive correlations between healthy peer interactions and friendships in relation to children’s (both with and without autism) self-esteem (Bauminger et. al., 2008; Kalymon, Gettinger, & Hanley-Maxwell, 2010; Petrina, Carter, Stephenson, & Sweller, 2016). A study addressing the friendships between young adults with autism and their peers without disabilities is necessary to expand this literature as children age.