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Survey for Wives of Men with High Functioning Autism

Women are invited to participate in a study that will be evaluating the process of maintaining a NT/AS marriage that thrives, conducted by Claribel Severson, MA, NCC, LPCC, a doctoral candidate at Capella University, Minneapolis, MN Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Who is eligible?


Participants must meet the following criteria:

• Married at least 5 years to a man diagnosed with High Functioning Autism (Asperger Syndrome

• Be between the ages of 30-65 years old

• In a self-described stable and thriving marriage

• Husband should be considered high-functioning they should be working or in a career and engaged in the marriage in a satisfactory manner as described by the wife

• Husband must have a formal diagnosis by a therapist or professional

• The couple must be adept at managing conflict within the marriage (may not report high conflict or domestic abuse)



• If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD or have an autism spectrum disorder

• A Personality Disorder diagnosis such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Histrionic, Antisocial, or any other personality disorder not listed here

• Women in abusive relationships or victims of domestic violence

• Women in past or existing domestic violence

• Women with suicidal ideation in the past or present

• Substance abuse disorders

• The husband should not have co-occurring diagnosis such as bipolar, schizophrenia, addictions to substances or any other diagnosis (mild anxiety, mild OCD, mild and well controlled ADHD but must be well controlled).

• Husbands who have experienced major depression within 5 years

What will you be asked to do? The study involves a 1-4 hour audio recorded in-person interview and 40-60 minute follow-up phone call. Participants will receive a $10 Coffee Gift Card. If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please call 218.454.3288 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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