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Behav. Sci. 2016, 6(4), 23; doi:10.3390/bs6040023

Supportive Relationships in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives of Individuals with ASD and Supporters

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School of Education, California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA 92096, USA
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School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 92110-2492, USA
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Academic Editor: Scott J. Hunter
Received: 22 August 2016 / Revised: 25 October 2016 / Accepted: 28 October 2016 / Published: 3 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Autism Spectrum Disorder 2016)
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This study explored 17 dyads of academically successful people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and individuals who they identified as supportive. Qualitative methods, including in-depth interviews, participant observations, and document analysis, were used to study these supportive relationships. The purpose of the study was to develop a substantive grounded theory regarding supportive relationships within the lives of individuals with ASD. A dynamic model of supportive relationships emerged, with trust, unity, and support as the three core categories of these relationships. The data suggest that the quality of the relationship between an individual with ASD and the support provider can be a critical factor within effective support. These findings suggest that there is much yet to be learned about the social world of individuals with ASD. View Full-Text
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder; supportive relationships; trust; unity; support; intimacy; mutuality; reciprocity Autism Spectrum Disorder; supportive relationships; trust; unity; support; intimacy; mutuality; reciprocity
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Robledo, J.; Donnellan, A.M. Supportive Relationships in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives of Individuals with ASD and Supporters. Behav. Sci. 2016, 6, 23.

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