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The goal of this research was to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence feelings of loneliness in children with AD by assessing and comparing their social functioning to children with SP. Studies comparing different diagnostic groups with similar behavioral characteristics will aid in the treatment of the unique disorders. Comparison studies help differentiate which specific behaviors influence negative feelings, such as loneliness and social withdrawal or isolation. The results of this study indicate that it appears important to consider the role of internalizing and externalizing behaviors in developing interventions for childhood loneliness for groups with different disorders. Because loneliness ratings were highest in children with AD, it is possible that engaging in externalizing behaviors has more of an impact on peer acceptance. Furthermore, childhood loneliness in children with AD and SP, while influenced by a myriad of factors, appears to be correlated with high rates of anxiety. Treating this anxiety may be beneficial in decreasing feelings of loneliness. Thus, future research should focus on looking at different factors within different disorder groups that contribute to children's feelings of loneliness, and developing and evaluating interventions to address their unique profiles. Ultimately, continued research in the assessment of social functioning in children with AD and SP who experience feelings of loneliness will help therapists assist these children in developing healthy foundations for forming relationships with their peers.

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