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J Autism Dev Disord. 2017 Dec;47(12):4025-4031. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3305-z.

Brief Report: Postsecondary Work and Educational Disruptions for Youth on the Autism Spectrum.

Author information

1
Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA. Julie.l.taylor@vanderbilt.edu.
2
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, PMB 40 - 230 Appleton Pl., Nashville, TN, 37203, USA. Julie.l.taylor@vanderbilt.edu.
3
Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA.

Abstract

This study examined vocational/educational disruption in the 2-3 years after high school for 36 youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Data were collected three times from parents: during youth's last year of high school and two times after high school exit. Data were coded into categories indicating any versus no disruptions in postsecondary vocation/education, and group differences in individual (behavior problems, IQ, adaptive behavior, autism severity, stress reactivity) and family (parent depression, anxiety, quality of life; family income and climate) factors were examined. One-half of youth had experienced a postsecondary vocational/educational disruption; parents of those with a disruption had more depressive and anxiety symptoms and lower quality of life while their son/daughter was still in high school.

KEYWORDS:

Autism spectrum disorder; Employment; Parental anxiety; Parental depression; Postsecondary education; Transition to adulthood

PMID:
28889215
PMCID:
PMC5677531
[Available on 2018-12-01]
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-017-3305-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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