ERIC Number: EJ1041177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
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Reference Count: 39
Virtual Reality Job Interview Training in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Smith, Matthew J.; Ginger, Emily J.; Wright, Katherine; Wright, Michael A.; Taylor, Julie Lounds; Humm, Laura Boteler; Olsen, Dale E.; Bell, Morris D.; Fleming, Michael F.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n10 p2450-2463 Oct 2014
The feasibility and efficacy of virtual reality job interview training (VR-JIT) was assessed in a single-blinded randomized controlled trial. Adults with autism spectrum disorder were randomized to VR-JIT (n = 16) or treatment-as-usual (TAU) (n = 10) groups. VR-JIT consisted of simulated job interviews with a virtual character and didactic training. Participants attended 90% of laboratory-based training sessions, found VR-JIT easy to use and enjoyable, and they felt prepared for future interviews. VR-JIT participants had greater improvement during live standardized job interview role-play performances than TAU participants (p = 0.046). A similar pattern was observed for self-reported self-confidence at a trend level (p = 0.060). VR-JIT simulation performance scores increased over time (R[superscript 2] = 0.83). Results indicate preliminary support for the feasibility and efficacy of VR-JIT, which can be administered using computer software or via the internet.
Descriptors: Employment Interviews, Computer Simulation, Adults, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Laboratories, Training, Instructional Effectiveness, Attitude Measures, Role Playing, Self Esteem, Scores, Computer Software, Internet
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