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

Authors

    • Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers CollegeColumbia University
  • Ying Kuen Cheung
    • Department of Biostatistics, Mailman School of Public HealthColumbia University
  • Linda Hickson
    • Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers CollegeColumbia University
  • Rui Xiang
    • Department of Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics, Teachers CollegeColumbia University
  • Luke Y. Tsai
    • University of Michigan Medical School
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-011-1297-7

Cite this article as:
Chiang, H., Cheung, Y.K., Hickson, L. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2012) 42: 685. doi:10.1007/s10803-011-1297-7

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

AutismPostsecondary outcomesParticipation in postsecondary educationLongitudinal studyHigh schoolTransition

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