Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 37, Issue 9, pp 1647–1664

Intellectual Ability, Self-perceived Social Competence, and Depressive Symptomatology in Children with High-functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorders

  • Sandy Vickerstaff
  • Sandra Heriot
  • Michelle Wong
  • Ana Lopes
  • David Dossetor
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0292-x

Cite this article as:
Vickerstaff, S., Heriot, S., Wong, M. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2007) 37: 1647. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0292-x

Abstract

Although social competence deficits in children with high-functioning autistic spectrum disorders (HFASD) are well documented, there is little research investigating self-perceptions of social limitations. This study replicated research showing a negative association between self-perceived social competence and intellectual ability and investigated associations between self-perceived social competence and depressive symptomatology. Participants were 22 children with HFASD, aged 7–13 years with intelligence quotient (IQ) scores of 82–141. Parent- (N = 18) and teacher- (N = 17) rated social competence was lower for children with HFASD compared with a normative sample. Higher age and IQ predicted lower levels of self-perceived social competence, and low self-perceived social competence predicted higher levels of depressive symptomatology. Almost a third of children rated themselves for depression; parent ratings suggested even higher levels.

Keywords

High-functioning autistic spectrum disordersSelf-perceptionDepressive symptomatologyIntellectual abilitySocial competence

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandy Vickerstaff
    • 1
  • Sandra Heriot
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michelle Wong
    • 3
  • Ana Lopes
    • 1
  • David Dossetor
    • 3
  1. 1.School of PsychologyThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.CAMHSNET John Hunter HospitalLambtonAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Psychological MedicineChildren’s Hospital at WestmeadSydneyAustralia