Exploring the role of friendship quality and autistic like traits in mental health using a non- experimental, correlational design

McKenzie, Karen, Warner, Jack and Murray, Kara (2022) Exploring the role of friendship quality and autistic like traits in mental health using a non- experimental, correlational design. Mental Health Practice. ISSN 1465-8720 (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: Good quality friendships are important for mental health, and skills, such as emotion recognition, can help build these relationships. Some groups have difficulty both with emotion recognition and friendships, which might impact negatively on their mental health. Aim: The study aimed to explore the relationships between autistic like traits, emotion recognition, friendships, and wellbeing, to help inform mental health interventions.Methods: 78 people completed measures of emotion recognition, autistic like traits, friendship quality and satisfaction and psychological wellbeing. A multiple regression analysis was used to explore the predictors of wellbeing.Results: Those with poorer emotion recognition skills rated their satisfaction with the quality of their friendships as lower. As friendship satisfaction decreased and autistic like traits increased, psychological wellbeing also decreased.Conclusion: The results suggest that interventions that improve emotion recognition and friendship quality may improve wellbeing, particularly in people with high levels of autistic like traits. Further research is needed to confirm this.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: friendships, wellbeing, mental health, emotion recognition, autistic like traits
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 15:06
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2022 03:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48409

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