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The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) Adolescent to Young Adult Study

October 31, 2022 - May 31, 2023

There is a need for detailed and reliable information on the prevalence of alcohol and drug use among adolescents and young adults with ASD. This study will produce important new knowledge about this, as well as verify or refute risk and protective factors of alcohol and drug use within this population. Study findings will help inform identification and prevention/intervention work.

What are the goals of the study?

The goal of this study is to learn more about the development and experiences of adolescents and young adults (age 12-24) who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as they navigate from adolescence to early adulthood. We are especially interested in their exposure to alcohol and other drugs.

What will happen during the visit or online?

Participation involves 4 visits over 3 years and consists of short interviews and questionnaires. Visits can be done in-person or remotely. Each visit is one year apart. There is also a parent/guardian component for parents/guardians of eligible youth.

How will this help families?

Findings from this study will help researchers learn more about what helps and hinders development in persons who have been considered to be on the spectrum. This will help inform future research and assist in the identification, prevention and intervention work associated with alcohol and drug use disorders.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to participate individuals must:
Have a diagnosis of ASD
Be between the ages of 12-24 years old
Be verbally fluent in English or Spanish

If a participant is 18+ years old, they are still eligible to participate (if they meet the above eligibility criteria) even if their parent/guardian are unable to participate. If parents/guardians are interested in participating at a later date, we will attempt to arrange their participation in the study.

View the study flyer here.

Contact Information

RAYS Research Team – Study email: RAYS@Brown.edu

Research Study Website
Brown University RAYS research team

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