Event Title

The serial relation of theory of mind and functional communication in the externalizing problems of children with ASD

Faculty-Student Collaboration

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Faculty Sponsor(s)

Beverly J. Wilson, Ph.D.

Project Type

Completed quantitative research study

Primary Department

Clinical Psychology

Description

Children with autism exhibit greater externalizing problems than typically developing (TD) peers. Our objective was to develop a greater understanding of contributing factors. We hypothesized that theory of mind (ToM) and functional communication (FC) would serially mediate this relation. Our sample included 111 children (65 with TD and 46 with ASD) ages 3:0 to 6:11. The results supported a serial mediation (B = .25, CI95 = .02 to .98), indicating that children with ASD demonstrated greater difficulty understanding others' perspectives, which may impact their ability to communicate effectively. Lower FC skills may increase frustration and lead to greater externalizing problems.

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This poster was also displayed at the International Meeting for Autism Research, San Francisco, CA, May 2017

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The serial relation of theory of mind and functional communication in the externalizing problems of children with ASD

Children with autism exhibit greater externalizing problems than typically developing (TD) peers. Our objective was to develop a greater understanding of contributing factors. We hypothesized that theory of mind (ToM) and functional communication (FC) would serially mediate this relation. Our sample included 111 children (65 with TD and 46 with ASD) ages 3:0 to 6:11. The results supported a serial mediation (B = .25, CI95 = .02 to .98), indicating that children with ASD demonstrated greater difficulty understanding others' perspectives, which may impact their ability to communicate effectively. Lower FC skills may increase frustration and lead to greater externalizing problems.