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

  • Hsu-Min ChiangEmail author
  • Ying Kuen Cheung
  • Linda Hickson
  • Rui Xiang
  • Luke Y. Tsai
Original Paper


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.


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


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hsu-Min Chiang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ying Kuen Cheung
    • 2
  • Linda Hickson
    • 1
  • Rui Xiang
    • 3
  • Luke Y. Tsai
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biostatistics, Mailman School of Public HealthColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics, Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.University of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn ArborUSA

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