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

Research Study

I am a doctoral candidate at Capella University. I am conducting a dissertation study, entitled, “Social Learning Among Autistic Young Adult Table-top Role Players: A Qualitative Study.” This study will examine how autistic youth describe making friendships and increasing social skills through participating in tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons.

I am looking to recruit young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who have been diagnosed with autism and have been playing a tabletop roleplaying game for at least six months. I will describe the purpose of the study and give information about what participants will be asked to do during the study. This study will involve one to two virtual interview session with each participant; sessions will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Questions will focus on social skills learning and relationship building that might have resulted from gameplay.

This project will begin once I have obtained approval for my recruitment modifications from Capella University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB will review the adequacy of my plan for protecting participants. They will review data security and confidentiality procedures. No recruitment will occur prior to IRB approval.

My anticipated start date is 10 April, 2021 and I expect that this study will last about two months.

I am responsible for the preservation of the privacy of research participants. I will not name the research participants when I write my doctoral paper. I will not describe the participants in such a way that they will be identifiable. I will work to preserve site anonymity when I write my paper. However, I cannot guarantee that the site will remain unknown.

If you have any concerns about this request please contact me at the phone number listed below or by email at

Published on: Apr 7, 2021 at 11:57

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