Young adults with ASD experience difficulties with social skills, empathy, loneliness, and social anxiety. One intervention, PEERS® for Young Adults, shows promise in addressing these challenges. The present study replicated and extended the original study by recruiting a larger sample (N = 56), employing a gold standard ASD assessment tool, and examining changes in social anxiety utilizing a randomized controlled trial design. Results indicated improvements in social responsiveness (SSIS-RS SS, p =.006 and CPB, p =.005; SRS, p =.004), PEERS® knowledge (TYASSK, p =.001), empathy (EQ, p =.044), direct interactions (QSQ-YA, p =.059), and social anxiety (LSAS-SR, p =.019). Findings demonstrate further empirical support for the intervention for individuals with ASD.
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- Social anxiety
- Social skills
- Young adulthood