Learning How to Make Friends for Chinese Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Hong Kong Chinese Version of the PEERS® Intervention.
|Title||Learning How to Make Friends for Chinese Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Hong Kong Chinese Version of the PEERS® Intervention.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Shum KKar-Man, Cho WKwan, Lam LMei Oi, Laugeson EA, Wong WShan, Law LSK|
|Journal||J Autism Dev Disord|
|Date Published||2019 Feb|
|Keywords||Adolescent, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Child, Female, Friends, Hong Kong, Humans, Learning, Male, Social Adjustment, Social Skills, Surveys and Questionnaires, Translating, Treatment Outcome|
This study examined the treatment efficacy of PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) among Chinese adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Hong Kong. The original PEERS® manual was translated into Chinese, and cultural adjustments were made according to a survey among 209 local adolescents in the general population. 72 high-functioning adolescents with ASD were randomly assigned to a treatment or waitlist control group. The 14-week parent-assisted training significantly improved social skills knowledge and social functioning, and also reduced autistic mannerisms. Treatment outcomes were maintained for 3 months after training and replicated in the control group after delayed treatment. The present study represents one of the few randomized controlled trials on PEERS® conducted outside North America.
|Alternate Journal||J Autism Dev Disord|