Thank you for your consideration. We are looking for participants over the age of 18 with a diagnosis of Autism OR typically developing young adults without a psychological or behavioural diagnosis. The purpose of this study is to see if online communication relates to feelings of acceptance, loneliness and relationships in day to day life. Please answer all the questions to the best of your knowledge. Guesses are highly encouraged.
In this survey SOCIAL NETWORKING/ONLINE COMMUNITIES refers to being a member of a website or online application that has all of the following characteristics:
2. A common public place where members can meet and interact
3. Having more than 2 communicators
4. Having a sustained membership over time.
It is important to note that some websites can serve many functions, a website is only considered an online community if you use it like that primarily. For example, youtube can be interactive or not depending on how you use it.
The survey is completely anonymous. The results of this survey will be analysed and published at the University of Vermont. If you opt into the raffle and win you will be asked to provide your social security number for payment. Your name, address and SSN will be disclosed one time to the University of Vermont’s Procurement Services Department for the purposes of reimbursing you for participation in this study. Your information will be coded and this code and the information will be kept under lock and key with only authorized personnel accessing the data. Your information will be kept confidential. If you have any questions contact, Ashleigh DiLaurenzio at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (860) 806 1297. Thank you!