Peer Responses to Autism-Related Behaviors in a Postsecondary Class
International Society for Autism Research (INSAR 2018)
Rotterdam, the Netherlands (May 2018)
These two studies examined college students’ attitudes towards other students who display autism-related behaviors in one of their classes. Using a 2×2 balanced design, 288 (Study 1) and 1,468 (Study 2) college students reviewed vignettes that varied in two ways.
- Levels of required interaction with the student displaying autistic behaviors
- “Priming” to consider ASD as an explanation for the displayed behaviors
Results indicate that students responded more positively 1) when primed to consider ASD, and 2) when required interaction is lower.
Executive Director & Director of Research
Dr. Bradley E. Cox is the Founder and Executive Director of the College Autism Network. He is also an Associate Professor of Higher Education at Florida State University and a Senior Research Associate at FSU's Center for Postsecondary Success. His work seeks to explain and improve the systemic, institutional, and personal conditions that shape college experiences and outcomes for students on the autism spectrum.