Research Article: ‘i just don’t fit anywhere’: support experiences and future support needs of individuals with asperger syndrome in middle adulthood
Griffith, G., Totsika, V., Nash, S., & Hastings, R. (2012). ‘i just don’t fit anywhere’: support experiences and future support needs of individuals with asperger syndrome in middle adulthood. Autism, 16(5), 532-546. doi: 10.1177/1362361311405223
The experiences of individuals in middle adulthood with Asperger syndrome have been the subject of little previous research, especially in terms of their experience of support services. In the present research, 11 adults with Asperger syndrome were interviewed. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was used to interpret the interviews. Four themes emerged from the analysis: living with Asperger syndrome; employment issues; experiences with mainstream support; and future steps towards supporting adults with Asperger syndrome. The findings highlighted the anxiety, depression, and communication difficulties that people with Asperger syndrome may experience. Much of the available support is perceived as unsuitable for individuals with Asperger syndrome. All participants wanted to remain as independent as possible, and believed an individualized approach to support would be greatly beneficial. Recommendations are made for future practice to help support adults with Asperger syndrome.