This doctoral study aims to investigate prevalence, risk and protective factors associated with the bullying of children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Bullying is associated with a wide range of negative outcomes for children, some of which are thought to continue into adulthood. While there is little research to date into bullying among the ASD population, existing studies and anecdotal evidence from parents, teachers and children suggest that this group may be particularly susceptible, due to the triad of impairments typical of ASDs. However, it is also likely that many other factors play a part, such as care status, free school meal eligibility, age and gender. A mixed method design is being used to explore this area, using data from the evaluation of Achievement for All (DCSF, 2009): a nationally representative sample of teacher and parent survey data will be analysed using multiple regression, with semi-structured interviews conducted to allow a case study strand. Interviews with be analysed using thematic analysis. Early exploratory analysis in 2010 indicated that age, behaviour, positive relationships and SEN provision are likely to be significant factors, with the model accounting for 33% of variance Quantitative data collection was completed early in 2011 and preliminary findings will be presented during the symposium.
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2011|
|Event||European Network for Social and Emotional Competence - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom|
Duration: 29 Jun 2011 → 2 Jul 2011
|Conference||European Network for Social and Emotional Competence|
|Period||29/06/11 → 2/07/11|