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A phenomenological study: The social world of five adolescents who have Asperger's syndrome

Carrington, S., Papinczak, T., Templeton, E.,

2003

This phenomenological study investigated the social experiences and perceptions of friendship among teenagers diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Data were collected through the use of semi‐structured interviews from five secondary school students in Australia. Data reveals the following themes: (1) description of social experiences — both difficult and satisfactory (2) description of hostile encounters with peers (3) need for following rules and (4) ‘masquerading’. Masquerading is a term used to describe the façade, which some individuals with Asperger's syndrome adopt in order to mask their social differences. The findings can assist professionals to perform the dual goals to both assist people with Asperger's syndrome to participate in ‘socially accepted ways’, and to recognise and value different persons’ social perspectives. The findings of this study could inform a more subtle approach to social skill programmes for adolescents with Asperger's syndrome.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Social relationships

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