Friendship in school-age boys with autism spectrum disorders: A meta-analytic summary and developmental, process-based model.

  title={Friendship in school-age boys with autism spectrum disorders: A meta-analytic summary and developmental, process-based model.},
  author={Jenna L Mendelson and Jacquelyn A. Gates and Matthew D. Lerner},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  volume={142 6},
Friendship-making is considered a well-established domain of deficit for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD; American Psychiatric Association, 2013), with this population sometimes described as incapable of making friends. However, the majority of children with ASD indicate a desire for friends, and many report having friends. To what degree, then, do youth with ASD succeed in achieving friendships with peers? If and when they do succeed, by what means do these friendships emerge… 

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