Personal safety in the community: comparing the experiences of autistic and non-autistic adults

Research Study

Research has shown that children on the autism spectrum are at higher risk of experiencing abuse and victimisation. However, there have been few studies focused on adulthood. This study will shed light on the personal safety of Autistic adults. This study aims to investigate how often, and in what contexts, Autistic adults experience abuse and victimisation compared to non-Autistic adults. We also want to identify what might put people at risk, or protect them from these experiences.

You are invited to take part in this study if you

are aged 18 years or over
have not been diagnosed with an intellectual disability or severe mental illness (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other delusional disorder).
You don’t need to have experienced abuse or victimisation to participate in this study.

If you decide to take part, we will ask you to complete a survey about your background, any experiences of abuse or victimisation you have experienced since the age of 15 and your social and emotional functioning. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a $15 AUD (approx $12 USD) e-gift voucher.

Vicki Gibbs and Professor Liz Pellicano of Macquarie University and Professor Jennie Hudson of Black Dog Institute will be conducting this study. The project also receives guidance from an Autistic Advisory group.


Published on: Apr 20, 2021 at 08:54

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