Try our beta test site
IMPORTANT: Listing of a study on this site does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more...

Parent-supported Social Skills Training for Teens With Autism Spectrum Disorders (PEERS-K)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2013 by Seoul National University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Seoul National University Hospital Identifier:
First received: December 19, 2011
Last updated: May 27, 2013
Last verified: May 2013

This study aims to develop a parent-assisted social skills training program for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder(ASD) and verify therapeutic effects of the program through case-control study.

  1. Both the case and the control of this study shall be a high-functioning group consisting of adolescents aged 11 to 18 years with ASD and an IQ of 80 or over. A total of 40 adolescents will be recruited and divided into two groups of twenty. One will be the case group and the other will be the waitlist control group. Again, the case will be divided into two sub-groups of ten and carry out this new developed program for both parents and adolescents. That is, the program will be carried out two times in each of both groups. The waitlist control group will be allowed to receive personal outpatient treatment and general therapeutic intervention from community while waiting.
  2. Effects of the program will be measured both at the case and the control by using a scale which measures social interaction, quality of peer relationship, disposition of autism and social anxiety. Equal assessments for both the case and the control will be conducted right before the beginning of the program and right after the completion of the program and some of the survey will be retried in order to see mid- and long-term effects three months after the completion of the program.

Condition Intervention
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Behavioral: parent-assisted social skills training program for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder
Behavioral: Delayed intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Parent-Assisted Social Skill Training Program in the Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Seoul National University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline in Test of Adolescent Social Skills Knowledge(TASSK) at 3month [ Time Frame: baseline,3month ]
    The TASSK is a 22-item criterion-referenced test developed for this study to assess the teen's knowledge about the specific social skills taught during the intervention. Two items were derived from key elements of each of the 11 didactic lessons. Teens were presented with sentence stems and asked to choose the best option from two possible answers. Scores range from 0 to 22, with higher scores reflecting greater knowledge of teen social skills.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline in Social Skills Rating Scale (SSRS) at 3 month [ Time Frame: baseline,3month ]
    The SSRS consists of 38-items and took approximately 10 min to complete. Questionnaires were completed independently by the teen's parent and teacher. For example, items included ''Starts conversations rather than waiting for someone to talk first.'' The items were rated as either ''Never,'' ''Sometimes,'' or ''Very Often.'' The Social Skills and Problem Behaviors scales were derived from factor analysis.

  • Change from baseline in Friendship Qualities Scale (FQS) at 3month [ Time Frame: baseline,3month ]
    The FQS is a teen self-report measure that assesses the quality of best friendships. It consists of 23 yes/no questions from five different subscales (Companionship, Closeness, Help, Security, and Conflict) and took approximately 10 min to complete. Teens were instructed to identify their best friend and keep this friendship in mind while completing this measure.

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: December 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2013
Primary Completion Date: June 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: case group Behavioral: parent-assisted social skills training program for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder
The subjects will participate in the treatment program weekly for a total of 14 weeks. The final visit will be made at the point three months after the completion of treatment to see mid- and long-term effects.
waitlist control group
For this group, same intervention with the Experimental group will be provided after waiting for 14 weeks.
Behavioral: Delayed intervention
Intervention is provided to Waitlist Control Group after waiting for 14 weeks


Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 11 to 18 years with ASD and an IQ of 65 or over

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Adolescents who are hard to understand the content of treatment and carry out the task due to their IQs or limited linguistic abilities
  • Adolescents who are uncooperative in the treatment, lack motives and are hard to participate voluntarily
  • Adolescents who have behavior problems so clinically significant that they affects the therapeutic procedure or problems in controlling their emotion
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01501058

Korea, Republic of
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
Seongnam, Korea, Republic of, 463-707
Sponsors and Collaborators
Seoul National University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Seoul National University Hospital Identifier: NCT01501058     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PEERSK2011
Study First Received: December 19, 2011
Last Updated: May 27, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Pathologic Processes
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on May 23, 2017