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Friendships in children with Williams syndrome: Parent and child perspectives

Gillooly, A.; Riby, D.M.; Durkin, K.; Rhodes, S.M.

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Authors

A. Gillooly

K. Durkin

S.M. Rhodes



Abstract

Although children with Williams syndrome (WS) are strongly socially motivated, many have friendship difficulties. The parents of 21 children with WS and 20 of the children themselves participated in a semi-structured interview about the children’s friendships. Parents reported that their child had difficulties sustaining friendships and low levels of interaction with peers. Barriers to friendships included difficulties with play and self-regulating behaviour. However, there was within-group variability, with a small number of children reported to have strong friendships. While parents reported friendship challenges, all of the children named at least one friend, and most said that they had never felt excluded by their peers. Future research is needed to determine optimal ways to support children with WS in their friendships.

Citation

Gillooly, A., Riby, D., Durkin, K., & Rhodes, S. (2022). Friendships in children with Williams syndrome: Parent and child perspectives. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05807-5

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 31, 2022
Online Publication Date Nov 18, 2022
Publication Date Nov 18, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 1, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2022
Journal Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN 0162-3257
Electronic ISSN 1573-3432
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05807-5
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1186240

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