ERIC Number: EJ1082493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ASD Symptom Severity in Adolescence of Individuals Diagnosed with PDD-NOS in Childhood: Stability and the Relation with Psychiatric Comorbidity and Societal Participation
Louwerse, A.; Eussen, M. L. J. M.; Van der Ende, J.; de Nijs, P. F. A.; Van Gool, A. R.; Dekker, L. P.; Verheij, C.; Verheij, F.; Verhulst, F. C.; Greaves-Lord, K.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n12 p3908-3918 Dec 2015
The current 7-year follow-up study investigated: (1) the stability of ASD severity, and (2) associations of ASD severity in adolescence with (a) childhood and concurrent psychiatric comorbidity, and (b) concurrent societal functioning. The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children were administered in childhood (ages 6--12) and in adolescence (ages 12-20) to 72 individuals with a pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). ADOS calibrated severity scores showed a large stability (r = 0.51). Psychiatric comorbidity in childhood and adolescence were not associated with ASD severity in adolescence. Mental health care use (87%) and special education needs were high (71%). Reevaluation of ASD severity and psychiatric comorbidity later in life seem useful when PDD-NOS is diagnosed in childhood.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Severity (of Disability), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Adolescents, Comorbidity, Mental Disorders, Interpersonal Competence, Children, Scores, Diagnostic Tests, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children; Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule