Happe's Strange Stories (Happe, 1994)

In Assessment Tools on August 24, 2009 at 8:32 pm

The Strange Stories test was constructed so that the motivation behind the utterance would generally be interpreted by normally developing persons in just one way.

The tasks consisted of 24 short mentalistic stories and 13 physical control stories. The mentalistic stories – the strange stories test – consisted of 24 short vignettes.

The physical state control task was presented in order to assess the understanding of physical events and check the generality of any comprehension deficit that might emerge irrespective of story content.  The pjysical control stories had just one question, asking why a particular action had been carried out.

There were two examples of each story type, comprising Pretence, Joke, Lie, Misunderstanding, persuasion, appearnce/reality, figure of speech, irony, double bluff, contrary emotions, and forgetting (12 story types).

For one story type, three test questions: the comprehension question, which usually took the form “Was it true, what X said?” and the justification question, “Why did X say that?”

Source: Kaland et al. (2005).  The strange stories test: a replication study of children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome.  European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 14, 73-82.


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