This article discusses a new study conducted by researchers at Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute that focuses on measuring the social networks of young adults with autism. The researchers aimed to understand the impact of interpersonal relationships on the adult outcomes of autistic individuals, as they often lack social connections and resources that could support their transition to adulthood.
The study utilized social network analysis to measure the social networks of autistic adults and the resources they gained. The researchers also surveyed parents to gain insight into the social connections they rely on to help their children transition successfully.
The study aims to help autistic young adults build social networks that can support positive outcomes in adulthood. However, it is important to note that the study only tested the feasibility of the social network measure and does not provide information on the network’s impact on outcomes.
Future studies using this measure may offer insights for interventions to help autistic youth achieve successful adult outcomes. The research, conducted by Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick and her team, will be published in the Autism in Adulthood journal.
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