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Rezayi S. Sensation Seeking and Social SkillsinChildren with Autism Disorderand Down-Syndrome. PCP 2014; 2 (2) :85-90
URL: http://jpcp.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-153-en.html
Department of Psychology and Education, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. , rezayi.saeed10@gmail.com
Abstract:   (3422 Views)

Objective: The present study was carried out to study the relationship between sensation seeking and social skills in two groups of school age patients Down-Syndrome (DS) and Autism Disorder (DS). 

Methods: This is a descriptive-analytic and correlation study in which all participants were of primary school age (10 to 13 years) with Down-Syndrome and Autism Disorder of autism spectrum disorder and down-syndrome rehabilitation centers and schools, in Tehran. Two groups, Down-Syndrome (N=35) and Autism Disorder (N=35), were randomly selected from a larger community, as sample group for the present study. Marvin Zuckerman (1994), 4-dimensions Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS), and Scott-Bellini Autism Social Skills Profiles (ASSP) 3 subscales were used as outcome measures. 
Results: Gathered data were analyzed by using Pearson’s correlation coefficients, multivariable regression and Z tests. The results showed that there are significant (&alpha=0./05) relationships between susceptibility to boredom, seeking experience and sum scores of sensation seeking with social skills in Down-Syndrome group as well as there is significant relationship between susceptibility to boredom and sum scores of sensation seeking with social skills in Autism group. 
Conclusion: Based on the results, it can be concluded that sensation seeking capability can improve social skills in children who are seriously impaired in social relationship and communication. In addition, this study suggests sensation seeking training program for promotions of social skills in children with social problems and who do not show normal social behavior specially children with autistic spectrum disorders.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Cognitive behavioral
Received: 2013/04/7 | Accepted: 2013/07/25 | Published: 2014/08/1

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