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Durham University



Publication details for Professor Deborah Riby

Gillooly, A. E., Riby, D. M., Durkin, K. & Rhodes, S. M. (2020). Peer Relationships in Children with Williams Syndrome: Parent and Teacher Insights. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Author(s) from Durham


Although children with Williams syndrome (WS) are reported to show a strong motivation towards social interaction,
evidence suggests many experience difculties with peer relations. Less is known regarding the characteristics of such
difculties. Parents and teachers of 21 children with WS (7- to 16 years) completed questionnaires measuring aspects of
social functioning and peer interactions. Parents and teachers reported that children with WS demonstrated signifcantly
greater peer problems than population norms, including difculties sustaining friendships and increased social exclusion.
More substantial social functioning difculties were associated with greater peer relation problems. The study provides
multi-informant evidence of peer relationship difculties in children with WS that require further consideration within the
broader WS social phenotype.

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