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What is this research study about?

This study aims to examine the links between the diagnostic criteria for autism and adaptive behaviour (i.e., a person’s life skills). It is known that adaptive behaviour strongly influences quality of life among autistic people. However, it is unknown exactly which characteristics of autism influence a person’s adaptive behaviour. The project aims to examine which specific characteristics of autism are related to adaptive behaviour.

Why should I help?

The findings of this study will be used to identify which characteristics of autism are related to adaptive behaviour. Since there is a clear relationship between adaptive behaviour and quality of life, this could have direct implications for improving their quality of life. If such characteristics of autism can be identified and then targeted in subsequent interventions, this may lead to improvements in overall quality of life for autistic people., including increased autonomy, better emotional and physical wellbeing, physical health, comfort and happiness. To thank you for your participation you will be provided with an honorarium of a $50 Woolworths e-gift card.

Who can take part?

You are invited to take part in this study if you are an adult over the age of 18 who has a diagnosis of autism, including autism, autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s, or PDD-NOS.

Who is conducting this study?

The researchers are Professor Robyn Young and Emeritus Professor Neil Brewer from Flinders University in South Australia. The study is supported by the Flinders University College of Education, Psychology & Social Work.

This study is funded by a private donation from the Hamish Ramsay Fund to Professor Robyn Young to support the area of autism research.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to fill out seven online questionnaires. These online questionnaires will ask you questions about yourself and you will rate on a scale how much each question relates to you. The questionnaires have questions about (1) the social-communicative symptoms associated with autism, (2) the repetitive behaviours associated with autism, (3) ASD behaviours in general (4) adaptive behaviour (5) social anxiety, (6) interpersonal skills and (7) verbal comprehension. Completing the questionnaires will take approximately two to three (2 -3) hours. After you have started the questionnaires, you can then at any time either take a break from the questionnaires, or stop taking part in the study.

When and where?

The study is conducted entirely online. This means you can do it wherever suits you best, and in your own time.

To find out more about the study and register to participate:

If you read the information sheet and decide you would like to participate, you can begin participation immediately, or else you can save it for completion at a later time.

Please feel free to forward this information to others who might also be interested in participating.

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