Malecki, Christine K.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Psychology
Research has shown that individuals with autism spectrum disorder may be at a heightened risk of being involved in bullying behaviors compared to their typically developing peers because of the nature of ASD, with their difficulties in social interactions playing a key role. Engagement in bully role behaviors has a variety of poor outcomes for individuals with ASD, such as self-injurious behaviors, anxiety, school refusal, and damaged self-esteem. This is why it is important to have a clear understanding of the prevalence rates of bullying involvement for individuals with ASD and how that involvement may impact them. The aim of the current study was to examine the prevalence rates of bully role behaviors in children and youth with ASD. Additionally, whether boys with ASD were more involved in bully role behaviors compared to their typically developing peers and their levels of emotional symptoms was also investigated. This study adds to the literature by including all the bully participant roles (i.e., bully, assistant, defender, victim, outsider) and by directly comparing the level of emotional symptoms between those with and without ASD.
Rodriguez-Harris, Dashae, "The Relationship Between Emotional Symptoms and Bully Role Behavior Engagement Among Boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Typically Developing Peers" (2020). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 7601.
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