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A Strength-Based Intervention to Improve Job Interview Skills in Young Adults (KF-STRIDE)

March 29, 2021 - April 30, 2023

Individuals with autism are significantly under-employed, and those within 2 years of high school graduation experience the most significant risk of unemployment. If successful, this research study will result in a novel intervention that enhances interviewing skills that may lead to better employment outcomes. While the primary goal of the study is to improve character strength identification in the context of a job interview, it could potentially expand to other areas in life as well.

What are the goals of the study?

We are looking to evaluate how effective a strength-based intervention my be in improving job interview skills in young adults.

What will happen during the visit or online?

A baseline testing session, lasting roughly 2 hours. 2. After this testing session, each participant will be randomly placed into a “training group” (which will participate in 9 online sessions lasting 60 minutes each) or the “control group” (which will do nothing but will receive the training material to use on their own after study completion). 3. All participants will participate in a follow-up testing session, lasting roughly 2 hours. 4. After the follow-up session, participants will be contacted in 6 month by phone call.

How will this help families?

Inability to obtain work can lead to negative outcomes including reduced ability to establish financial independence and reduced satisfaction of life. In hopes of better employment outcomes for individuals with autism, this research study examines a novel intervention to enhance job interview skills.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Ages 14-26 with and without a diagnosis of autism. 2. Live in the United States. 3. Speak English fluently and at least a 4th grade reading level. 4. parent or guardian will be asked to fill out some questionnaires

View the study flyer here.

Contact Information

Email autismresearch@kesslerfoundation.org or use this form to register your interest

Research Study Website
Kessler Foundation

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