Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Mathias Lasgaard

Loneliness and Social Support in Adolescent Boys with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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  • Mathias Lasgaard
  • Annette Nielsen, Firkløverskolen, Randers, Denmark
  • Mette Elmose Eriksen, Denmark
  • Luc Goossens, Catholic University of Leuven, Department of Psychology, Belgien, Belgium
  • Department of Psychology
Loneliness and perceived social support were examined in 39 adolescent boys with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by means of a self-labeling loneliness measure, the UCLA Loneliness Scale (third version), and the Social Support Scale for Children. Twenty-one percent of the boys with ASD described themselves as often or always feeling lonely. Compared with 199 boys from regular schools in a national probability study, ASD was strongly associated with often or always feeling lonely (OR: 7.08, p < .0005), as well as with a higher degree of loneliness (F(1,229) = 11.1, p < .005). Perceived social support from classmates, parents, and a close friend correlated negatively with loneliness in ASD. The study, therefore, indicates a high occurrence of loneliness among adolescent boys with ASD and points at perceived social support as an important protective factor.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Pages (from-to)218-226
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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