Cross-Cultural Adaptation to Australia of the KONTAKT© Social Skills Group Training Program for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Feasibility Study

J Autism Dev Disord. 2020 Dec;50(12):4297-4316. doi: 10.1007/s10803-020-04477-5.


This study investigated the feasibility and cultural validity of KONTAKT©, a manualised social skills group training, in improving the social functioning of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). KONTAKT© was delivered to 17 adolescents (mage = 14.09, SDage = 1.43; 70% male) with ASD over sixteen 90 min sessions. A pre-test post-test design evaluated changes in personally meaningful social goals, symptom severity, quality of life, interpersonal efficacy, social anxiety, loneliness, and facial emotion recognition at pre, post and 3 months follow-up. Focus groups were conducted post intervention. Findings indicate that KONTAKT© may support Australian adolescents with ASD in achieving their personally meaningful social goals. This study resulted in finalisation of KONTAKT© in preparation for evaluation of its efficacy in a randomised controlled trial (Australian New Zealand Clinical Registry (ANZCTR): ACTRN12617001117303, NCT03294668).

Keywords: Adolescents; Autism spectrum disorder; Cross-cultural adaptation; Feasibility; KONTAKT©; Social skills group training; Social skills intervention.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Australia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / psychology*
  • Child
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Adjustment
  • Social Skills

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