Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Study of the Personal Factors Limiting Participation in Recreation and Leisure among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Ordinal Regression
by Ratcliff, Karen, Ph.D., Grand Canyon University, 2019, 212; 13862284
Abstract (Summary)

It is not known if and to what extent the variables social skills and emotional regulation predict difficulties with participation in recreation and leisure activities for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the United States. The ICF-CY and iSTART model provided the theoretical foundation for the study with the underpinning that body structure and functions influence activity which influence participation. The study examined whether social skills and emotional regulation difficulties predicted difficulty with participation in leisure activity for children with ASD. Data were collected from the Pathways survey completed by parents of children with ASD between the ages of 6 through 17 from a nationally representative sample (N = 1420). The study used a quantitative methodology, correlation design, and ordinal regression to determine if social skill problems and emotional regulation predict difficulty participating in leisure. Results indicated that social skill problems (p = .005) and emotional regulation (p < .001) are significant predictors of difficulty participating in leisure activity. Social skills problems and emotional regulation problems together predict more of the variance (13.2%) than either variable alone. These findings indicate that emotional regulation and social skill problems are important treatment targets to improve participation in leisure activity for children and adolescents with ASD.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sung, Yung-Chi
Commitee: Casteel, Alex, Hilton, Claudia
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Disability studies, Personality psychology, Recreation
Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, Emotional regulation, Leisure activity, Participation, Social skills
Publication Number: 13862284
ISBN: 978-1-392-14256-1
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