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Teaching about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): University Student's Understanding of ASD
by Thompson, Sydney, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2018, 38; 10789824
Abstract (Summary)

Limited research exists on what the general population knows about ASD. Previous research that does exist shows that there is variability in what people believe as symptoms, causes, and treatments of ASD. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect that ASD training has on university students’ general knowledge about ASD. One hundred two college-aged students were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: Myths and Facts condition, Myths condition, or Control condition. Pretest and posttest data were collected to examine the likeliness of participants correctly identifying general knowledge of ASD. A mixed-model ANOVA and independent samples t-tests showed that from pretest to posttest, an ASD Myths and Facts Presentation as well as an ASD Myths Presentation significantly increased the likelihood of participants correctly identifying knowledge about ASD. Qualitative data was also examined regarding the percentage of participants answering in agreement to each question from pretest to posttest.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hupp, Stephen
Commitee: Everett, Gregory, McKenney, Elizabeth
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Child psychology
Publication Number: 10789824
ISBN: 978-0-355-98443-9
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