, Volume 44, Issue 9, pp 2290-2300
Date: 30 Mar 2014

Interview Skills for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

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Abstract

The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the efficacy of the interview skills curriculum (ISC), a manualized 12-week group-delivered intervention for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This intervention aims to increase social–pragmatic skills essential to a successful job interview. Twenty-eight adults (18–36 years) were randomly assigned to one of two groups: ISC or waitlist control. Results revealed that the experimental group showed larger gains in social–pragmatic skills observed during a mock job interview than the control group. Treatment effects on distal outcomes, including social adaptive behaviors and depressive symptoms were not significant, although the respective effect sizes were medium/large. Results indicate that a brief, low-intensity treatment can improve the job-interview performance of young adults with ASD.