Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 44, Issue 7, pp 1520–1534 | Cite as

Shedding Light on a Pervasive Problem: A Review of Research on Bullying Experiences Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Jessica H. SchroederEmail author
  • M. Catherine Cappadocia
  • James M. Bebko
  • Debra J. Pepler
  • Jonathan A. Weiss
Original Paper


Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by difficulties with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and the development and maintenance of interpersonal relationships. As a result, individuals with ASD are at an increased risk of bullying victimization, compared to typically developing peers. This paper reviews the literature that has emerged over the past decade regarding prevalence of bullying involvement in the ASD population, as well as associated psychosocial factors. Directions for future research are suggested, including areas of research that are currently unexplored or underdeveloped. Methodological issues such as defining and measuring bullying, as well as informant validity and reliability, are considered. Implications for intervention are discussed.


Autism Bullying Victimization Review Social skills 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica H. Schroeder
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Catherine Cappadocia
    • 2
  • James M. Bebko
    • 1
  • Debra J. Pepler
    • 2
  • Jonathan A. Weiss
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth ResearchYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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