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ERIC Number: EJ1257805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
The Relationship between Social Experience and Subjective Well-Being in Autistic College Students: A Mixed Methods Study
Bailey, Kathryn M.; Frost, Kyle M.; Casagrande, Karís; Ingersoll, Brooke
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v24 n5 p1081-1092 Jul 2020
This mixed methods study examined the relationship between the college social experience and subjective well-being in autistic students in the Midwestern United States. An online survey focused on social connectedness, social participation, social support, and subjective well-being. A semi-structured interview discussed transition, supports received, and social participation. Correlations and a hierarchical regression were used to examine the relationship between social experience variables and subjective well-being from the survey. Inductive thematic analysis was used to identify interview themes. Theme counts for students who reported higher and lower subjective well-being were examined. Social connectedness, time spent with friends, and perceived social support were positively correlated with students' subjective well-being, with social connectedness explaining unique variance. Common themes included challenges navigating a new social environment and the importance of family, friends, and professors in providing social support. Students with lower subjective well-being more frequently discussed struggles to make social connections and the trade-off between socializing and succeeding academically, whereas students with higher subjective well-being more frequently described college as providing opportunities to develop meaningful social connections. This study adds new perspectives on the college experience for autistic students and highlights the important role that social connections and support play in their subjective well-being.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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