Social Skills Group for Adults Living with Asperger's Syndrome

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_DAD84A6BD38F
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Social Skills Group for Adults Living with Asperger's Syndrome
Journal
Clinical Psychiatry
Author(s)
Giuliani Fabienne, El Korh Pierre
ISSN
2471-9854
Publication state
Published
Issued date
07/2016
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
2
Number
3
Pages
25
Language
english
Abstract
This work presents the results obtained in a therapeutic
social skills group of adults living with Asperger's
Syndrome (ASD). The treatment consists in a regular
participation in specifically designed groups. Patients
meeting the criteria for ASD have been selected with no
psychiatric comorbidity and were thus able to optimal
group interaction. They were suffering significant anxiety
symptoms supposed to lead to inadequate social skills as
well as to result from them. Requisite participation
included ten sessions in group discussions of topics
propose by the patients themselves. Special attention was
accord to train the patients in detecting possible
functional analysis processes leading to increasing anxiety
and in training social skills. The paper concentrates in
three assessments by the patient themselves of four
different scales (anxiety, depression, self-esteem and
social skills in daily life) allowing to the comparison of
baseline level (before session 1) with short term
(immediately after the last session) and long term benefits
of training (3 months later). These different measures
revealed significant long term improvement in the
patients. These results are important because they consist
in training the patients in self-help. They might also
contribute to better understanding of the ASD by the
scientific community as well as by the patients
themselves. Finally, long term treatments such as
proposed here are more likely to extend the improvement
of the patients' well-being to their social environment,
family and professional one. It is thus both a clinical and a
theoretically relevant research effort.
Keywords
Peer helping, Social skills, Therapeutic groups, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Psychotherapy, Asperger's syndrome
Open Access
Yes
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