Pediatric Evaluation of Emotions, Relationships and Socialisation (PEERS)

Research area: Clinical Sciences > Brain and Mind | Status: Active

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Our research led to the development of PEERS - an engaging, novel, social skills assessment tool to evaluate social skills in children and young people.

PEERS is a novel psychological assessment tool that can evaluate social skills in children and young people. The tool will address this substantial unmet need and provide us with the opportunity to lead the field internationally by designing the first comprehensive social assessment tool. 

PEERS is a novel psychological assessment tool that can evaluate social skills in children and young people. The tool will address this substantial unmet need and provide us with the opportunity to lead the field internationally by designing the first...

PEERS is a novel psychological assessment tool that can evaluate social skills in children and young people. The tool will address this substantial unmet need and provide us with the opportunity to lead the field internationally by designing the first comprehensive social assessment tool. 

Overview

PEERS is a novel psychological assessment tool that can evaluate social skills in children and young people. Currently, there are no comprehensive, well-validated tools available to detect social impairment, which limits our ability to identify those in need of intervention. The PEERS tool will address this substantial unmet need and provide us with the opportunity to lead the field internationally by designing the first comprehensive social assessment tool. 

PEERS is an individually administered computerised iPad application. It includes 3 ‘cognitive’ subscales (attention-executive, social cognition, communication), which contribute to social function, organised into 2 levels: basic and complex. It utilises fun and engaging ‘social’ stimuli, such as videos, audio clips, and photos of real-life social scenarios. So far, we have assessed over 500 children and found PEERS is a reliable and valid social assessment tool.

PEERS - A revolutionary new way to assess and diagnose social skills

 

Study details

We plan to assess social skills in two groups of children. In the first group, we hope 1500 healthy children aged 5 -18 years old who attend mainstream public or private Victorian schools will take part. In the second group, we hope 225 children who have a known diagnosis where social impairment can be a symptom (autistic spectrum disorder, ADHD, conduct disorders, acquired brain injury and chronic illnesses) will also take part.

Information for participants

Get involved

We are looking for teenagers who are living in Melbourne and are between the ages of 12-18 years to trial our new social skills assessment app. Teens will be asked to complete a 90 minute assessment. Parent/guardians will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire. To find out more, please complete the PEERS study - Expression of Interest form.

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