Bullying Among Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Eeske van Roekel, Ron H. J. Scholte, Robert Didden

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Abstract

This study examined: (a) the prevalence of bullying and victimization among adolescents with ASD, (b) whether they correctly perceived bullying and victimization, and (c) whether Theory of Mind (ToM) and bullying involvement were related to this perception. Data were collected among 230 adolescents with ASD attending special education schools. We found prevalence rates of bullying and victimization between 6 and 46%, with teachers reporting significantly higher rates than peers. Furthermore, adolescents who scored high on teacher- and self-reported victimization were more likely to misinterpret non-bullying situations as bullying. The more often adolescents bullied, according to teachers and peers, and the less developed their ToM, the more they misinterpreted bullying Situations as non-bullying. Implications for clinical practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-73
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bullying
  • Perception
  • Autism
  • Adolescents
  • Prevalence
  • Theory of Mind
  • HIGH-FUNCTIONING CHILDREN
  • CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS
  • PEER VICTIMIZATION
  • SOCIAL-ADJUSTMENT
  • SCHOOL
  • MIND
  • AGGRESSION
  • FRIENDSHIP
  • BULLIES
  • RISK

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