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ERIC Number: EJ1086647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Contextual Factors Predict Patterns of Change in Functioning over 10 Years among Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Woodman, Ashley C.; Smith, Leann E.; Greenberg, Jan S.; Mailick, Marsha R.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n1 p176-189 Jan 2016
In the present study, we jointly employ and integrate variable- and person-centered approaches to identify groups of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have similar profiles of change over a period of 10 years across three critical domains of functioning: maladaptive behaviors, autism symptoms, and daily living skills. Two distinct developmental profiles were identified. Above and beyond demographic and individual characteristics, aspects of both the educational context (level of inclusion) and the family context (maternal positivity) were found to predict the likelihood of following a positive pattern of change. Implementing evidence-based interventions that target the school and home environments during childhood and adolescence may have lasting impacts on functioning into adulthood for individuals with ASD.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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