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The perceptions and experiences of adolescent boys with autism spectrum disorder: a personal construct psychology perspective

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Abstract


  • Background This study applies personal construct psychology for understanding the experiences of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    Method Semistructured interviews were conducted with 26 participants from 8 families, including adolescent males with ASD, mothers, fathers, and adolescent neurotypically developing siblings. Analysis of interview data was structured according to the themes presented in a previous theoretical application of personal construct theory (PCT) for understanding adolescents with ASD.

    Results Themes included complexity of the adolescent social realm, sense-making in multifaceted situations, identity development, development of flexible processing styles, and understanding and managing physical and emotional changes associated with puberty. Conclusion The study provides empirical support for the application of PCT for understanding adolescents with ASD. The insights provided by the participants may be helpful for adolescents with ASD, family members, and clinicians.

UOW Authors


  •   Preston, Elizabeth (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter
  •   Jones, Sandra C. (external author)
  •   Magee, Christopher (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Cridland, E. K., Caputi, P., Jones, S. C. & Magee, C. A. (2015). The perceptions and experiences of adolescent boys with autism spectrum disorder: a personal construct psychology perspective. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 40 (4), 354-367.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84941877025

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2864&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1865

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 354

End Page


  • 367

Volume


  • 40

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • Background This study applies personal construct psychology for understanding the experiences of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    Method Semistructured interviews were conducted with 26 participants from 8 families, including adolescent males with ASD, mothers, fathers, and adolescent neurotypically developing siblings. Analysis of interview data was structured according to the themes presented in a previous theoretical application of personal construct theory (PCT) for understanding adolescents with ASD.

    Results Themes included complexity of the adolescent social realm, sense-making in multifaceted situations, identity development, development of flexible processing styles, and understanding and managing physical and emotional changes associated with puberty. Conclusion The study provides empirical support for the application of PCT for understanding adolescents with ASD. The insights provided by the participants may be helpful for adolescents with ASD, family members, and clinicians.

UOW Authors


  •   Preston, Elizabeth (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter
  •   Jones, Sandra C. (external author)
  •   Magee, Christopher (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Cridland, E. K., Caputi, P., Jones, S. C. & Magee, C. A. (2015). The perceptions and experiences of adolescent boys with autism spectrum disorder: a personal construct psychology perspective. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 40 (4), 354-367.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84941877025

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2864&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1865

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 354

End Page


  • 367

Volume


  • 40

Issue


  • 4