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An Examination of the Effectiveness of a Community Implementation of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) for Teenagers with Autism Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
PEERS
Autism
Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Archuk, Ashley L
Supervisor and department
Smith, Veronica (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Smith, Veronica (Educational Psychology)
Rinaldi, Christina (Educational Psychology)
Nicholas, David (University of Calgary)
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
Psychological Studies in Education
Date accepted
2013-01-08T11:24:30Z
Graduation date
2013-06
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) is a parent-assisted social skills intervention for teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The purpose of this study was to examine whether the PEERS program can be effectively implemented with fidelity in a community setting and achieve positive results for teenagers. Seven teens and their parents participated in the study. Results revealed that overall teens made significant improvement with their social skills that were similar to the findings of the program developers (Laugeson et al., 2009). Social anxiety and autistic symptomatology decreased and durability of treatment was upheld at three month follow-up. According to instructor records of program delivery and evaluations of program instructional quality, the PEERS program was implemented as intended with high quality instruction. These findings support and extend recent research on the positive impacts of the PEERS program and provide evidence of effectiveness in community settings.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3FW7H
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