ERIC Number: EJ1038435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
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Reference Count: 80
Engagement in Vocational Activities Promotes Behavioral Development for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Taylor, Julie Lounds; Smith, Leann E.; Mailick, Marsha R.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n6 p1447-1460 Jun 2014
This study examined the bidirectional relations over time between behavioral functioning (autism symptoms, maladaptive behaviors, activities of daily living) and vocational/educational activities of adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Participants were 153 adults with ASD (M age = 30.2 years) who were part of a larger longitudinal study. Data were collected at two time points separated by 5.5 years. Cross-lag models were used, which accounted for stability over time while testing both directions of cross-lagged effects. Results suggested that greater vocational independence and engagement was related to subsequent reductions in autism symptoms and maladaptive behaviors, and improvements in activities of daily living. Relations between earlier behavioral variables (symptoms, behaviors, and activities of daily living) and later vocational independence were not statistically significant.
Descriptors: Adults, Parents with Disabilities, Vocational Education, Autism, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Behavior Problems, Daily Living Skills, Learning Activities, Longitudinal Studies, Statistical Significance, Behavior Change, Pretests Posttests, Vocational Maturity
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