Friendship satisfaction in children with autism spectrum disorder and nominated friends

Neysa Petrina*, Mark Carter, Jennifer Stephenson, Naomi Sweller

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The current study examined the level of friendship satisfaction of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their nominated friends (with and without diagnosis of ASD). A total of 77 target children with ASD and friends from 49 nominated friendships participated in the study. Relatively high levels of friendship satisfaction were reported by both target children and their nominated friends with no overall difference between dyads involving typically developing friends and friends with ASD. Analysis at the individual dyad level showed a high level of agreement on the reported level of satisfaction across the target participants and their friends. Limitations and directions for future research are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-392
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • Autism
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Friendship
  • Friendship satisfaction


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