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Autistic People’s Schooling and Mental Health

What's the study about?

The primary aim of this study is to explore the relationship between the educational setting (mainstream or special) and the mental health outcomes of autistic individuals. More specifically, the study seeks to investigate variations in anxiety, depression, and stress levels among autistic individuals based on their schooling type. While previous research has primarily examined disparities in academic achievements among autistic individuals in mainstream versus special education settings, this study diverges by concentrating on their mental well-being. It aims to delve into how school experiences, particularly social encounters with peers, may influence their mental health.

Who can participate?

Criteria for taking part:
You must be clinically or self-diagnosed as autistic
You must be aged 18 years or more
You must have completed your schooling in the UK

What will participants be doing?

A 15-20 minute online survey.

Why is this important?

This study aims to fill a critical gap in the current understanding of how different schooling environments impact the mental health outcomes of autistic individuals. While much of the existing literature focuses on academic performance and behavioral outcomes, there is a paucity of research dedicated to examining the mental health of autistic students. This oversight is significant, given the high prevalence of anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges within the autistic community.

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