ERIC Number: EJ1170920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Brief Report: Self-Reported Academic, Social, and Mental Health Experiences of Post-Secondary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Jackson, Scott L. J.; Hart, Logan; Brown, Jane Thierfeld; Volkmar, Fred R.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v48 n3 p643-650 Mar 2018
Increasing numbers of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are enrolling in post-secondary academic institutions. However, research indicates that post-secondary students with ASD are struggling more than their typically developing peers, with high rates of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and an increased incidence of dropping-out before completion of their degrees. The current study utilized an online survey to gain insight into the self-reported academic, social, and mental health experiences of post-secondary students with ASD. Participants reported high levels of academic comfort, but struggled with issues of isolation/loneliness and high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Of greatest concern, were the nearly three-quarters of participants who reported lifetime suicidal behaviors. Further analysis on collected data and implications of findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, College Students, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Online Surveys, Student Experience, Mental Health, Psychological Patterns, Social Isolation, Stress Variables, Anxiety, Depression (Psychology), Suicide, Data Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: T32MH018268