Brief report: relationship between self-awareness of real-world behavior and treatment outcome in autism spectrum disorders.
SourceJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 5, (2012), pp. 889-894
1 mei 2012
Article / Letter to editor
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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
SubjectNCEBP 8: Psychological determinants of chronic illness; NCEBP 8: Psychological determinants of chronic illness
The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of self-awareness of real-world behavior on treatment outcome in adolescents with ASD. For this purpose we followed 28 adolescents with ASD during their first year of specialized treatment. Results showed that better self-awareness at start of treatment was related with an increase in clinician-reported social functioning after 1 year of treatment. Additionally, an increase in self-awareness during treatment was related with a decrease of parent-reported problems in daily functioning. However, an increase in self-awareness was also related to an increase of self-reported daily and psychological problems. It is discussed that lowered self-awareness may result in an overestimation of personal real-world functioning and consequently may influence treatment course.
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