Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3(6), pp. 375 - 381
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2015.030604
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Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Neuro-typical Peers – Differences and Influences of Loneliness, Stress and Self-efficacy on Life Satisfaction


Carmen Feldhaus *, Ute Koglin , Jens Devermann , Hanna Logemann , Alfred Lorenz
Department of Special Needs Education & Rehabilitation, University of Oldenburg, Germany

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to explore the interrelationships among the effects of loneliness, stress and self-efficacy on the life satisfaction of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their neuro-typically developed peers. The participants (N=104), all male, were between 15 and 27 years of age. Half of them were diagnosed having ASD the other half were neuro-typical. They completed several self-reported measurements. We found significant differences between the two groups in reported loneliness, life satisfaction and self-efficacy. The conclusions point towards the need for broader studies of self-efficacy and life satisfaction of people with ASD and a reconsidering of the universality of developmental tasks.

KEYWORDS
Autism Spectrum Disorders, Life Satisfaction, Self-efficacy, Loneliness, Stress, Neuro-typical Peers

Cite this paper
Carmen Feldhaus , Ute Koglin , Jens Devermann , Hanna Logemann , Alfred Lorenz . "Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Neuro-typical Peers – Differences and Influences of Loneliness, Stress and Self-efficacy on Life Satisfaction." Universal Journal of Educational Research 3.6 (2015) 375 - 381. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2015.030604.