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Title: How do people with autistic spectrum disorder experience their relationships with others? ; and, Can adults with Asperger's syndrome learn about positive attachment behavious between parents and young babies through the use of a DVD?
Author: Brandaro, Nicola
ISNI:       0000 0004 5350 9978
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2015
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Volume 1 contains a literature review, an empirical paper, and a public dissemination document. The literature review explores how people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience their relationships with others. The results showed that compared with the general population, children and adolescents perceive their friendship quality to be lower and adults with ASD perceive their marital and parent-child relationships to be the same. A number of strategies are used by people with ASD to facilitate the development of relationships and other people also use strategies for this reason. Furthermore, people with ASD report a number of personal qualities that serve to either facilitate or inhibit the development of relationships. The empirical paper explores how much people with Asperger's syndrome understand about positive attachment behaviours between parents and young babies and whether this knowledge can be increased through the use of a DVD. Trait emotional intelligence, IQ and level of autistic symptomatology are explored as predicting factors. A significant increase in knowledge of positive attachment behaviours was observed at post intervention. This was maintained at follow-up. This significant increase in knowledge occurred for the total knowledge score as well as for four out of the seven attachment questions. Trait emotional intelligence, IQ and autistic symptomatology did not predict pre-intervention knowledge or increase in knowledge. The results of both papers are discussed within the context of previous research and clinical implications are considered. Volume 2 contains five clinical practice reports; Psychological Models, Service Evaluation, Single Case Experimental Design and two Case Studies.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry