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J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Aug;42(8):1757-67. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1413-8.

Prevalence and correlates of screen-based media use among youths with autism spectrum disorders.

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Department of Health Psychology, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA. mazurekm@missouri.edu

Abstract

Anecdotal reports indicate that individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are often preoccupied with television, computers, and video games (screen-based media). However, few studies have examined this issue. The current study examined screen-based media use among a large, nationally representative sample of youths participating in the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). The majority of youths with ASD (64.2%) spent most of their free time using non-social media (television, video games), while only 13.2% spent time on social media (email, internet chatting). Compared with other disability groups (speech/language impairments, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities), rates of non-social media use were higher among the ASD group, and rates of social media use were lower. Demographic and symptom-specific correlates were also examined.

PMID:
22160370
PMCID:
PMC3536490
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-011-1413-8
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