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Utilisation of an online forum to engage adolescents with autism in direct participation in qualitative research

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Difficulties with social communication may present challenges in gathering data from individuals with autism in research. To encourage individuals with autism to participate directly in research, methods that allow for autistic symptomology should be considered. An online forum was developed to enable adolescents with autism to share their social experiences. Ten female adolescents with autism, aged 12 to 19, engaged with the forum over 12¬†weeks. Questions were posted weekly and data were collected on the frequency of participant responses, quality of responses, and participants' engagement with each other. Data indicated that the frequency and quality of participants' responses were high, and participants' engagement with each other facilitated the introduction of new topics. The online forum was an effective tool for adolescents with autism to have direct participation in research. It offers promise in future studies as a practical research tool that accommodates the social communication challenges of individuals with autism.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Vine Foggo, R. S., Webster, A. A., & Dixon, R. (2020). Utilisation of an online forum to engage adolescents with autism in direct participation in qualitative research. British Journal of Special Education, 47(2), 208-229. doi:10.1111/1467-8578.12305

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85079863016

Start Page


  • 208

End Page


  • 229

Volume


  • 47

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • Difficulties with social communication may present challenges in gathering data from individuals with autism in research. To encourage individuals with autism to participate directly in research, methods that allow for autistic symptomology should be considered. An online forum was developed to enable adolescents with autism to share their social experiences. Ten female adolescents with autism, aged 12 to 19, engaged with the forum over 12¬†weeks. Questions were posted weekly and data were collected on the frequency of participant responses, quality of responses, and participants' engagement with each other. Data indicated that the frequency and quality of participants' responses were high, and participants' engagement with each other facilitated the introduction of new topics. The online forum was an effective tool for adolescents with autism to have direct participation in research. It offers promise in future studies as a practical research tool that accommodates the social communication challenges of individuals with autism.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Vine Foggo, R. S., Webster, A. A., & Dixon, R. (2020). Utilisation of an online forum to engage adolescents with autism in direct participation in qualitative research. British Journal of Special Education, 47(2), 208-229. doi:10.1111/1467-8578.12305

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85079863016

Start Page


  • 208

End Page


  • 229

Volume


  • 47

Issue


  • 2