Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar

A Culturally Sensitive Social Competence Training Program for Chinese High-Functioning Adolescents with ASD

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102428-1


The CBT-context-based social competence training for ASD (CBT-CSCA) was a social competence training specifically developed for Hong Kong Chinese adolescents with ASD. The CBT-CSCA was grounded on cognitive-behavioral therapy and incorporated cultural-sensitive elements. It demonstrated the effectiveness in improving social competence among adolescents with ASD in Hong Kong, and the gains were sustained 3 months after the training.

Historical Background

Impaired social functioning is a hallmark feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It becomes a defining feature in the current diagnostic approaches (American Psychiatric Association; APA 2013). Despite improvements shown in other features of ASD upon interventions, social difficulties persist as individuals enter adolescence and young adulthood (Schall and McDonough 2010). This persistence is possibly due to a rapid change in the social landscape and the increase in the complexity of social interaction during adolescence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ASD Services, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation AssociationKowloonHong Kong
  2. 2.The Jockey Club iREACH Social Competence Development and Employment Support Center, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation AssociationKowloonHong Kong