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postgraduate thesis: Cognitive and behavioral characteristics of adolescents with high-functioning autism

TitleCognitive and behavioral characteristics of adolescents with high-functioning autism
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Tam, T. [譚得恩]. (2013). Cognitive and behavioral characteristics of adolescents with high-functioning autism. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5156813
AbstractRelationship between executive functions (EF) and symptomatology of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) were examined. EF of 33 students with high-functioning autism (HFA) and 25 typically development (TD) students were compared. The parent-rated adolescent version of the Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) was administered. The ASD group displayed an EF profile of intact verbal working memory, impaired nonverbal working memory and nonverbal generativity. Additionally, they showed a tendency of weakness among the mental flexibility, planning, verbal generativity, and inhibition domains. Findings supported AQ as an useful screening tool for ASD. Certain significant relationships were illustrated: weak nonverbal working memory to a lack of imagination; weak nonverbal generativity to weak communication skills and weak imagination but to more attention switching and less manifestation of attention to details; lastly, weak verbal generativity to less attention to details. Explanations were suggested and limitations were discussed.
DegreeMaster of Social Sciences
SubjectAutism in adolescence
Dept/ProgramEducational Psychology
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/196525

 

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dc.contributor.authorTam, Tak-yan-
dc.contributor.author譚得恩-
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-14T23:16:32Z-
dc.date.available2014-04-14T23:16:32Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationTam, T. [譚得恩]. (2013). Cognitive and behavioral characteristics of adolescents with high-functioning autism. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5156813-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/196525-
dc.description.abstractRelationship between executive functions (EF) and symptomatology of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) were examined. EF of 33 students with high-functioning autism (HFA) and 25 typically development (TD) students were compared. The parent-rated adolescent version of the Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) was administered. The ASD group displayed an EF profile of intact verbal working memory, impaired nonverbal working memory and nonverbal generativity. Additionally, they showed a tendency of weakness among the mental flexibility, planning, verbal generativity, and inhibition domains. Findings supported AQ as an useful screening tool for ASD. Certain significant relationships were illustrated: weak nonverbal working memory to a lack of imagination; weak nonverbal generativity to weak communication skills and weak imagination but to more attention switching and less manifestation of attention to details; lastly, weak verbal generativity to less attention to details. Explanations were suggested and limitations were discussed.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.lcshAutism in adolescence-
dc.titleCognitive and behavioral characteristics of adolescents with high-functioning autism-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5156813-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Social Sciences-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineEducational Psychology-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b5156813-
dc.date.hkucongregation2013-

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