Parent- and Self-Reported Social Skills Importance in Autism Spectrum Disorder

James A. Rankin, Rebecca J. Weber, Erin Kang, Matthew D. Lerner

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While social skills are commonly assessed in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), little is known about individuals’ and families’ beliefs regarding importance of these skills. Seventy-four parents and their children with ASD rated social skills importance and severity, as well as ASD-specific deficit severity. Parents and youth rated social skills as important overall; however, parents reported assertion and self-control to be more important than their children did. Severity and importance did not correlate overall. However, parent-report of responsibility deficits and importance were positively correlated, while youth-report of assertiveness deficits and importance were negatively correlated. Finally, ASD-specific social deficits were positively correlated with parent reported importance, but negatively correlated with child reported importance. Social skills importance ratings merit consideration in ASD assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-286
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Child
  • Importance
  • Informant perspectives
  • Parent
  • Social skills


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