Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 733–738 | Cite as

Brief Report: Structure of Personal Narratives of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Allyssa McCabeEmail author
  • Ashleigh Hillier
  • Claudia Shapiro
Brief Report


Young adults with High Functioning Autism and a matched comparison group told personal narratives using a standard conversational procedure. Longest narratives were determined (i.e., number of propositions included) and scored using an analysis that looks at the organization of a narrative around a highpoint. The group with Autism Spectrum Disorder produced narratives with significantly poorer HP macrostructure and introduced proportionately fewer propositions with conjunctions. Such impairments in the ability to make sense of personal experiences both reflect and contribute to difficulty in social-emotional functioning.


Autism spectrum disorder Asperger’s syndrome Narrative Pragmatic language Emergent adults 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allyssa McCabe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ashleigh Hillier
    • 1
  • Claudia Shapiro
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Massachusetts LowellLowellUSA
  2. 2.Smith CollegeNorthamtonUSA

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