Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceived efficacy of the O*NET Skills Search Tool among individuals with high functioning autism
by Ramirez, Cinthia, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 95; 1527743
Abstract (Summary)

Employment rates for individuals with even milder forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder such as High Functioning Autism (HF A) are low. The present study utilized the O*NET Skills Search Tool to identify appropriate occupations for individuals with HF A.

Individuals with HF A (N = 30) were verbally administered the O*NET Skills Search Tool. Occupations matching the individual's skills, distracter occupations, and occupations based on a prototype profile were included in a survey. Participants rated occupations based on perceptions of appropriateness, interest, and attainability.

One-sample t-tests indicated that occupations based on the participants' self reported skills were perceived by individuals with HF A as appropriate and attainable. Additionally, a repeated-measures ANOVA with a Greenhouse-Geisser correction revealed a significant, overall mean difference between the three groups of occupations (i.e., based on participants' skills set, prototypical, and distracters). Specifically, the prototypical and individual occupations were rated significantly higher than distracter occupations but did not differ from each other.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whitney, David J.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Industrial-Organizational Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Developmental psychology, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Asperger syndrome, Career exploration, Employment, High functioning autism, Job matching, Onet
Publication Number: 1527743
ISBN: 9781303925993
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