Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Stratton-Gadke, Kasee K.

Committee Member

Gadke, Daniel L.

Committee Member

Mazahreh, Laith G.

Committee Member

McCleon, Tawny E.

Date of Degree

12-10-2021

Document Type

Dissertation - Campus Access Only

Major

Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

College

College of Education

Department

Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations

Abstract

he purpose of the current study was to evaluate the use of behavior skills training via telehealth to teach job interview skills to emerging adults with ASD. Additionally, the study examined if following intervention, skills were able to generalize to new interviewers. 2 undergraduate and 1 graduate student with ASD participated in the study, and received intervention for 3 behaviors: (1) appropriately answering questions, (2) asking appropriate questions, and (3) engaging in appropriate body language. The current study used a multiple baseline design across behaviors. Results from the study indicated BST via telehealth was effective in teaching job interviews skills. Each participant remained at mastery during generalization and did not require a booster session. Social validity ratings completed by each participant indicated they found the intervention method to be fair, effective, and efficient for the identifed need. Limitations and directions for future research are discussed.

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