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ERIC Number: EJ1172785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
College Students Who Have ASD: Factors Related to First Year Performance
Shmulsky, Solvegi; Gobbo, Ken; Donahue, Andy T.; Banerjee, Manju
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v30 n4 p375-384 2017
College attendance is increasing for students who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet a dearth of literature exists about their progress in postsecondary education. This study describes a group of college students who have the formal diagnosis of an ASD to uncover factors related to their academic performance. Twenty-three first-year college students who have the diagnosis of ASD were tracked for two contiguous semesters to determine if anxiety and executive function are related to end-of-year grade point average (GPA). A significant positive correlation between the BRIEF-A composite index of behavioral regulation and GPA was found. Study participants reported no or mild levels of anxiety, and six reported clinically significant ADHD symptoms. Twenty-two of 23 members of the study remained enrolled for full two semesters, suggesting a successful transition to college. Implications for postsecondary services are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Anxiety Inventory; Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
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