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Psicologia: teoria e prática

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SILVA, Leonidas Valverde da; ALCKMIN-CARVALHO, Felipe; TEIXEIRA, Maria Cristina Triguero Veloz  e  PAULA, Cristiane Silvestre. Psychologists training on autism: a cross-sectional study with undergraduate students. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2018, vol.20, n.3, pp. 153-166. ISSN 1516-3687.

OBJECTIVES: describing the level of knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) among Psychology students, comparing the same knowledge among freshmen students and seniors; verifying if students that have gone through undergraduate research (UR) activities had greater knowledge about this. 295 students from two São Paulo's private universities that answered a self-administered structured survey form containing 16 questions about epidemiology, symptomatology, interventions and services for ASD. This study showed an insufficient level about this kind of knowledge - TEA (< 50%), but revealed progress during its course, in a general inquiry among the investigated areas. Students who did UR on mental health performed better than others. CONCLUSIONS: the students revealed signs of improvement in their knowledge during the course, but insufficiently, pointing a need for review/reformulation in the Psychology curricula. It is still necessary that further work to assess the quality of formation of these future professionals.

Palavras-chave : Autism Spectrum Disorder; undergraduate students; training; health psychology; childhood development.

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