ERIC Number: EJ1082491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
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Reference Count: 23
Comorbid Symptomology in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability
Cervantes, Paige E.; Matson, Johnny L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n12 p3961-3970 Dec 2015
Evidence-based treatment must begin with the systematic and comprehensive identification of an individual's complete clinical picture. Therefore, screening individuals with intellectual disability (ID) for comorbid disorders is imperative. Because of the frequent overlap between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and ID, the current study explored the effects of co-occurring ASD on the comorbid symptoms exhibited by adults with ID. The study included 307 adults with severe or profound ID separated into two groups: ASD+ID and ID only. The ASD+ID group exhibited significantly more symptomology on eight of the 12 subscales examined including anxiety, mania, schizophrenia, stereotypies/tics, self-injurious behavior, eating disorders, sexual disorders, and impulse control. Further, comparisons of specific symptom endorsements yielded distinct results.
Descriptors: Autism, Intellectual Disability, Comorbidity, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Adults, Severe Disabilities, Mental Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Self Destructive Behavior, Eating Disorders, Sexuality, Anxiety, Schizophrenia
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