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-Aged 11-16 years
-Children with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis
-Mainstream school

AIM: To investigate the connection between the friendships of children diagnosed with ASD and their emotional wellbeing within a mainstream school environment.

As persistent impairments in social interaction and communication are central to a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), many children with ASD experience difficulties in developing friendships and relationships with their peer group. This may place them at a higher risk of social isolation and loneliness which may ultimately lead to the development of mental health problems.
Therefore, the impact of friendships is of significant concern to the success of a child’s education.
Your participation will be crucial to help further this research.

Children aged 12-16 years WITH (and WITHOUT) an ASD diagnosis and their parents.

This research project has been approved by the University of Bath Ethics Committee. Information provided will be kept anonymous and confidential. At no point will the children’s full names or identity be disclosed.


The children and their parents will be asked to complete 3 questionnaires each to measure friendships and emotional wellbeing. The study will then compare child and parent perspectives.
These questionnaires should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
Please use the contact details below if you have any questions or would like to participate in this research.

We can organise a way of completing the questionnaires that suits you (over the phone or via post or email). You will also be provided with further information and consent forms that highlight your rights as participants. These will be signed by both children and parents.
I appreciate your help.

Emma van Gelder