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Is Participation in Family Role-play in Second Life Associated with Improved Social and Emotional Support and Well-Being Among Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders? Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
virtual reality
well-being
Autism
second life
social network support
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Gilmour, Laura
Supervisor and department
Dr. Veronica Smith, Educational Psychology
Examining committee member and department
Dr. George Buck, Educational Psychology
Dr. Cathy Adams, Secondary Education
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
Special Education
Date accepted
2014-03-27T09:41:54Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study examines whether participation in Second Life (SL) among adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is associated with perceptions increased perceptions of emotional support and wellbeing. A total of 53 participants were included in the analysis: In the sample, 7 had ASD and used SL, 6 had ASD and did not use SL, 39 did not have ASD and were SL users, and 11 did not have ASD and did not use SL. Individuals with ASD who participated in SL rated themselves significantly higher on measures of social fun, emotional support, and flourishing in SL than they did on real life (RL) measures of these aspects. Individuals with ASD who participated in SL reported lower social fun in RL than those who did not participate in SL. Results of this study suggest that individuals who are attracted to SL, report poor social and emotional support and well-being offline.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3XT3N
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