On SAGE Insight: Bullying-related behavior in adolescents with autism

Article title: Bullying-related behavior in adolescents with autism: Links with autism severity and emotional and behavioral problems

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This study provides a broad perspective of bullying in a sample of students with autism spectrum disorder in a special educational setting by exploring the association between a range of bullying-related behaviors and autism severity and conduct and emotional problems.

Abstract

This study examined the association between peer-reported bullying-related behaviors (bully, victim, outsider and defender), age, gender, autism severity and teacher-rated emotional and behavioral problems in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, using a multi-informant approach. The sample comprised 120 adolescents (11% girls, Mage=15.6years, standard deviation=1.89 years) attending a special school for children with autism. Results show that bullying decreased with age and was associated with behavioral problems, while victimisation was only associated with peer problems – a pattern of results comparable to studies exploring these associations in typically developing children. However, there were few associations among study variables for outsider or defender behaviours in this sample. Notably, children’s autism severity did not significantly predict bullying-related behaviors.

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Bullying-related behavior in adolescents with autism: Links with autism severity and emotional and behavioral problems
Elian Fink, Tjeert Olthof, Frits Goossens, …
First Published May 17, 2017
DOI: 10.1177/1362361316686760
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