Development of the Contextual Assessment of Social Skills (CASS): A Role Play Measure of Social Functioning for Individuals with Autism Public Deposited

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  • Ratto, Allison Bassett
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • The aim of this study was to pilot a role play assessment of social functioning for adolescents and young adults with high-functioning autism/Asperger syndrome (HFA/AS). Twenty participants with HFA/AS and twenty typical controls completed the Contextual Assessment of Social Skill (CASS), a role play measure of social functioning. Participants completed two semi-structured role plays with two different confederates, in which social context was manipulated. In the first role play, the confederate demonstrated social interest, while in the second, a different confederate portrayed boredom. Participants' social behavior in each role play context was rated via a behavioral coding system and performance was compared across contexts and groups. An interaction effect was found for several items, whereby control participants showed significant change across context, while participants with HFA/AS showed little or no change. Total change across contexts was associated with relevant constructs and also significantly predicted presence of an autism spectrum diagnosis.
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  • Mesibov, Gary B.
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