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Study for Spouses of Men with Autism

                                                     Research Study

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 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..