ERIC Number: EJ788752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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Young Adult Outcome of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Eaves, Linda C.; Ho, Helena H.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n4 p739-747 Apr 2008
To learn about the lives of young adults with ASD, families with children born 1974-1984, diagnosed as preschoolers and followed into adolescence were contacted by mail. Of 76 eligible, 48 (63%) participated in a telephone interview. Global outcome scores were assigned based on work, friendships and independence. At mean age 24, half had good to fair outcome and 46% poor. Co-morbid conditions, obesity and medication use were common. Families noted unmet needs particularly in social areas. Multilinear regression indicated a combination of IQ and CARS score at age 11 predicted outcome. Earlier studies reported more adults with ASD who had poor to very poor outcomes, however current young people had more opportunities, and thus better results were expected.
Descriptors: Obesity, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Followup Studies, Drug Therapy, Physical Health, Interpersonal Competence, Intelligence Quotient, Predictor Variables, Young Adults, Child Development, Adolescent Development
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