ERIC Number: EJ1100098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 87
Psychiatric Co-Occurring Symptoms and Disorders in Young, Middle-Aged, and Older Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Lever, Anne G.; Geurts, Hilde M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n6 p1916-1930 Jun 2016
Although psychiatric problems are less prevalent in old age within the general population, it is largely unknown whether this extends to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We examined psychiatric symptoms and disorders in young, middle-aged, and older adults with and without ASD (N[subscript max] = 344, age 19-79 years, IQ > 80). Albeit comparable to other psychiatric patients, levels of symptoms and psychological distress were high over the adult lifespan; 79 % met criteria for a psychiatric disorder at least once in their lives. Depression and anxiety were most common. However, older adults less often met criteria for any psychiatric diagnosis and, specifically, social phobia than younger adults. Hence, despite marked psychological distress, psychiatric problems are also less prevalent in older aged individuals with ASD.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Clinical Diagnosis, Emotional Disturbances, Anxiety, Adults, Mental Disorders, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Evaluation Criteria, Older Adults, Incidence, Patients, Young Adults, Foreign Countries, Likert Scales, Structured Interviews, Questionnaires, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale