Social Learning Among Autistic Young Adult Table-top Role Players: A Grounded Theory Study

Research Study

My Study, titled “Social Learning Among Autistic Young Adult Table-top Role Players: A Grounded Theory Study” will investigate how autistic young adults describe learning social skills and friendship-building through participation in tabletop role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons. The purpose of this study is to develop a theory connecting participation in live role-immersive games and players’ perceptions of social skills development and social networks. The results of this study may extend the current understanding of these factors and provide information for further research investigating the use of tabletop roleplaying games for social skills learning among teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder.

The call for participants posting is:

Social Learning Among Autistic Young Adult Table-top Role Players: A Grounded Theory Study

Are You:

A table-top role-playing gamer (such as Dungeons & Dragons) who has been evaluated or diagnosed with high functioning autism and is between the ages of 18 and 24? Have you been playing role-playing games for six months or more?

If you answered yes to the above questions you may volunteer in this study. The study will be looking at the social experiences of autistic young adults who participate in live role-playing games. Table-top role-playing games are live gaming activities that involve players sitting at a table and sharing adventures in an imaginary world. Although there are many forms of tabletop role-playing games, some of the more popular ones are Dungeons & Dragons, Deadlands, Shadow to the Demon Lord, and Warhammer.

This study is part of the researcher’s doctoral education program. The purpose of this study is to develop a theory connecting participation in live role-immersive games and players’ perceptions of social skills development and social networks. The results of this study may extend the current understanding of these factors and provide information for further research investigating the use of tabletop roleplaying games for social skills learning among teens and young adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorder.

You will be asked to engage in one to two virtual interviews with me to discuss various aspects of social skills experiences in tabletop roleplaying gaming sessions. Interview sessions will take one to two hours.

In appreciation of your time, you will receive a $20.00 Amazon gift certificate.

I am happy to answer any questions about my study. After a brief screening conversation, interested volunteers who are eligible for the study will be asked to closely review and sign a consent form and then be enrolled in the study. If you are interested in participating in this study, or would like more information please contact:

Shawn Parks, Capella University Doctoral Candidate
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Email: sparks4@capellauniversity.edu
Phone: (401) 379-8373

Published on: Apr 21, 2021 at 15:18

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