High-functioning individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have low employment outcomes due to difficulty finding occupations that are an optimal match. The present study sought to identify the O*NET Skills Search Tool as an effective tool for this population to use for career exploration.
Subject matter experts with experience working with employment and high-functioning individuals with ASD (N = 19) were administered a survey assessing appropriate occupations and distractor occupations on perceptions of appropriateness, interest, and attainability, and the O*NET Skills Search Tool on perceived value for this population.
One-sample t-tests indicated that occupations outputted by O*NET were perceived as appropriate, of interest to, and attainable for high-functioning individuals with ASD and the O*NET Skills Search Tool was perceived positively as a tool for career exploration. A multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) indicated that those occupations were perceived as more appropriate, of interest to, and attainable than the distractor occupations.
|Advisor:||Whitney, David J.|
|Commitee:||Sterling, Lindsey, Warren, Christopher|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Occupational psychology|
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