Study of Australian School Leavers with Autism (SASLA) (15-25 years)

Historically, the adult years have been ignored in autism research, despite the fact that these years represent the greatest proportion of individuals’ lives. Hence, limited guidance exists for autistic people and their families about trajectories across the lifespan, and individuals experience high levels of unemployment, mental illness, disengagement, and significant dependency on family members.

This project will deliver a comprehensive and unique profile of Australian adults and provide them with the capacity to find a meaningful place in society. The study will form a report that identifies a number of autism specific variables, not collected anywhere in the world before. The long term aims of this project are to identify and describe the comprehensive and unique profiles of Australian autistic school leavers.

The linked research objectives are:

  • To compare the data on these variables with a matched control group, in order to discriminate the unique autistic profile from other requirements
  • To collect data that will support the development of tools and strategies to improve health and wellbeing for autistic school leavers
  • To identify autism specific variables, with respect to Educational Vocational Assessments Protocol (EVAP) and Integrated Employment Success Tool (IEST) variables, in order to inform the development of these tools

Download the Baseline Profile Snapshot - 2018

Download the Longitudinal Profile Snapshot - 2019

Download the Parent/Carer Profile Snapshot - 2019


Download the Sleep and Young Autistic Adults Brochure


Brief report: Inter-relationship between emotion regulation, intolerance of uncertainty, anxiety, and depression in youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale: Factor structure and psychometric properties in older adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder

Emotion regulation in autism: Reappraisal and suppression interactions

Exploring the nature of anxiety in young adults on the autism spectrum: A qualitative study

The measurement properties of the spence children's anxiety scale-parent version in a large international pooled sample of young people with autism spectrum disorder

Relationship between repetitive behaviour and fear across normative development, autism spectrum disorder, and Down Syndrome

Resting heart rate variability, emotion regulation, psychological wellbeing and autism symptomatology in adults with and without autism

Interrelationship between insistence on sameness, effortful control and anxiety in adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Employment programmes and interventions targeting adults with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review of the literature

The Adult Repetitive Behaviours Questionnaire – 2 (RBQ-2A): A self-report measure of restricted and repetitive behaviours

Transition to work: Perspectives from the autism spectrum

Social support, depression and suicidal ideation in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Understanding depression and thoughts of self-harm in autism: A potential mechanism involving loneliness

Risk and protective factors underlying depression and suicidal ideation in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Project Leader(s)
  • Amanda Richdale, La Trobe University
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