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It’s the fear of the unknown: transition from higher education for young autistic adults

Vincent, Jonathan (2019) It’s the fear of the unknown: transition from higher education for young autistic adults. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice.

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Abstract

More young people with a diagnosis of autism are enrolling and successfully completing higher education courses than ever before and this is set to increase; however, whilst there is a burgeoning body of literature surrounding the transition into this stage of education, there is a paucity of research that investigates the transition as this population exit university or college. This exploratory qualitative study is one of the first to identify the specific experiences of young autistic adults making this transition, drawing on semi-structured interviews with 21 students and recent graduates. Findings indicate that transition out of higher education is challenging on both practical and psychological levels, manifested by feelings of anxiety and loss. However, there is also evidence that the same phenomenon can be understood as a positive departure with important implications for identity development. Findings are discussed in relation to future research and implications for practice in higher education institutions.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361318822498
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
School/Department: School of Education
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3675

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