Supporting newly identified or diagnosed autistic adults: an initial evaluation of an autistic-led peer support programme

Crane, Laura; Hearst, C; Ashworth, M; Davies, J and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2020. Supporting newly identified or diagnosed autistic adults: an initial evaluation of an autistic-led peer support programme. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, ISSN 0162-3257 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

Sixteen adults (diagnosed or self-identified as autistic) participated in one of two iterations of a ten-week autistic-led programme, aimed at helping autistic adults learn more about autism within a peer group context. Motivations for taking part in the programme included a desire for: (1) exploration of autism; (2) empowerment; and (3) the development of practical strategies and coping mechanisms. Interviews were conducted upon completion of the programme and again six months later. Using thematic analysis, three themes were identified: (1) appreciation of the autistic-led nature of the programme; (2) unity in diversity; and (3) developing a positive, practical outlook on autism. These promising initial results highlight the value of autistic-led peer support for those recently diagnosed/identified as autistic.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04486-4

Keywords:

autism, autistic adults, support group, diagnosis, autistic-led

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
28 March 2020Accepted
7 April 2020Published

Item ID:

28302

Date Deposited:

30 Mar 2020 15:59

Last Modified:

18 Apr 2020 07:59

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/28302

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