Title

Severity Of ASD Symptoms In Relation To Children’s Gender

Author(s)

Lorraine Haselden

School Name

Chapin High School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Psychology and Sociology

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to determine whether or not the symptoms of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more severe based on gender. If the severity of symptoms of both male and females with ASD are studied using the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), then males will be found to demonstrate the most severe symptoms. The data was collected through video analysis of children with ASD and then rated on the childhood autism rating scale (CARS). The data was analyzed using a 2 t-test to compare the mean scores of males and females. Through the analysis it was determined that males have significantly higher ratings on the CAR scale than females. These findings were statistically significant because the p value was 0.00000000000172 meaning that my hypothesis was supported by the data. In conclusion, the hypothesis that males will present more severe symptoms of ASD was proven correct by the analysis of the data. This project could be expanded to include publishing these findings in order to share the information and provide more specialized programs for males with ASD. These programs could be used to help elevate some symptoms to help make them higher functioning members of society.

Start Date

4-11-2015 1:30 PM

End Date

4-11-2015 1:45 PM

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Apr 11th, 1:30 PM Apr 11th, 1:45 PM

Severity Of ASD Symptoms In Relation To Children’s Gender

The purpose of this project was to determine whether or not the symptoms of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more severe based on gender. If the severity of symptoms of both male and females with ASD are studied using the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), then males will be found to demonstrate the most severe symptoms. The data was collected through video analysis of children with ASD and then rated on the childhood autism rating scale (CARS). The data was analyzed using a 2 t-test to compare the mean scores of males and females. Through the analysis it was determined that males have significantly higher ratings on the CAR scale than females. These findings were statistically significant because the p value was 0.00000000000172 meaning that my hypothesis was supported by the data. In conclusion, the hypothesis that males will present more severe symptoms of ASD was proven correct by the analysis of the data. This project could be expanded to include publishing these findings in order to share the information and provide more specialized programs for males with ASD. These programs could be used to help elevate some symptoms to help make them higher functioning members of society.