Pandemic experiences of adults with autism and ASD

Research Study

Summary:
Do you have anxiety and an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Would you be willing to talk about your pandemic experiences in a 30 minute interview for £15?

It is estimated that up to 50% of adults with autism also have an anxiety disorder. The aim of this study is to explore individual experiences of the pandemic in adults with anxiety. This research seeks to understand the impact of the pandemic on these individuals and how their mental health and wellbeing might have been affected. A further aim is to illuminate any differences in the pandemic experiences of autistic and non-autistic adults with anxiety. The results of the study might better inform policy and how the provision of services can best identify and meet the needs of diverse groups of service users with anxiety following the pandemic.

The study will involve a 30 minute interview where you will be asked to talk about your experiences and feelings about the pandemic and how it affected you and your mental health. You will be able to choose whether the interview takes place face-to-face or via Zoom (camera does not need to be on). You will also need to complete a consent form and a brief questionnaire about your anxiety in the last two weeks. You will be paid £15 for your time, or can choose to donate this to a charity of your choosing.

To take part, you must:
- Be between 18 and 65
- Have a formal diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder or be in the process of receiving one
- Have anxiety
- Be able to talk about your experiences by yourself
- Be happy using Zoom or attending the St Mary's campus (travel costs will be reimbursed within London zones)

Published on: Feb 24, 2022 at 16:06

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