Original Paper

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 685-696

Predictive Factors of Participation in Postsecondary Education for High School Leavers with Autism

  • Hsu-Min ChiangAffiliated withDepartment of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University Email author 
  • , Ying Kuen CheungAffiliated withDepartment of Biostatistics, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • , Linda HicksonAffiliated withDepartment of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • , Rui XiangAffiliated withDepartment of Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • , Luke Y. TsaiAffiliated withUniversity of Michigan Medical School

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Abstract

This exploratory study was designed to identify the factors predictive of participation in postsecondary education for high school leavers with autism. A secondary data analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) data was performed for this study. Potential predictors of participation in postsecondary education were assessed using a backward logistic regression analysis. This study found that the high school’s primary post-high school goal for the student, parental expectations, high school type, annual household income, and academic performance were significant predictors of participation in postsecondary education. The findings of this current study may provide critical information for parents of children with autism as well as educators and professionals who work with students with autism.

Keywords

Autism Postsecondary outcomes Participation in postsecondary education Longitudinal study High school Transition