Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Perceptions of Friendship

Carrington, Suzanne B., Templeton, Elizabeth, & Papinczak, Tracey (2003) Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Perceptions of Friendship. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 18(4), pp. 211-218.


This qualitative study investigated the perceptions of friendship faced by teenagers diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. This research aimed to provide teachers with an insight into the social world of Asperger syndrome from a student perspective. A multiple-case study approach was used to collect data from 5 secondary school students in Australia. Data were collected through the use of semistructured interviews. An inductive approach to data analysis resulted in a number of broad themes in the data: (a) understanding of concepts or language regarding friendships, (b) description of what is a friend, (c) description of what is not a friend, (d) description of an acquain¬tance, and (e) using masquerading to cope with social deficits. The insights provided by the participants in this study are valuable for teachers, parents, and anyone else involved in inclusive education.

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ID Code: 1712
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, friendship
ISSN: 1538-4829
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 PRO-ED, Inc.
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 25 May 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:48

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