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Planning Skills in Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan: A Meta-analysis and Meta-regression

Authors
  • Olde Dubbelink, Linda M. E.1, 2
  • Geurts, Hilde M.1, 2
  • 1 Dr. Leo Kannerhuis, Houtsniplaan 1, Doowerth, 6865 XZ, The Netherlands , Doowerth (Netherlands)
  • 2 University of Amsterdam, Dutch Autism & ADHD Research Center (d’Arc), Department of Psychology, Division Brain & Cognition, Nieuwe Achtergracht 129-B, Amsterdam, 1018 WS, The Netherlands , Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Feb 03, 2017
Volume
47
Issue
4
Pages
1148–1165
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-3013-0
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are thought to encounter planning difficulties, but experimental research regarding the mastery of planning in ASD is inconsistent. By means of a meta-analysis of 50 planning studies with a combined sample size of 1755 individuals with and 1642 without ASD, we aim to determine whether planning difficulties do exist and which factors contribute to this. Planning problems were evident in individuals with ASD (Hedges’g = 0.52), even when taking publication bias into account (Hedges’g = 0.37). Neither age, nor task-type, nor IQ reduced the observed heterogeneity, suggesting that these were not crucial moderators within the current meta-analysis. However, while we showed that ASD individuals encounter planning difficulties, the bias towards publishing positive findings restricts strong conclusions regarding the role of potential moderators.

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