Can common strengths be identified in autistic young people? A systematic review and meta-analysis

B. D. Devenish, A. Mantilla, S. J. Bowe, E. A.C. Grundy, N. J. Rinehart

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Background and method: The purpose of this study was to systematically review the empirical literature on common strengths of autistic young people relative to their typically developing peers. Results: Forty-eight articles met inclusion criteria and were included. Of these, sixteen studies reported sufficient data for inclusion in a series of 13 meta-analyses. Only a small number of mean effect sizes were significant, with possible common strengths including auditory processing strengths (Hedges’ g = 0.54–1.22) and metaphor generation (Hedges’ g = 0.64). Conclusions: This review highlights the need for a systematic approach to identifying strengths shared by autistic young people that could inform intervention approaches, and are important to autistic young people and their families.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102025
Number of pages16
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Adolescents
  • Autism
  • Children
  • Strengths
  • Systematic review

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