ERIC Number: EJ851628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
A Longitudinal Investigation of Psychotropic and Non-Psychotropic Medication Use among Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Esbensen, Anna J.; Greenberg, Jan S.; Seltzer, Marsha Mailick; Aman, Michael G.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n9 p1339-1349 Sep 2009
Medication use was examined in 286 adolescents and adults with ASD over a 4.5 year period. A total of 70% were taking a psychotropic or non-psychotropic medication at the beginning of the study. Both the number of psychotropic and non-psychotropic medications taken, and the proportion of individuals taking these medications, increased significantly over the study period, with 81% taking at least one medication 4.5 years later. Our findings suggested a high likelihood of staying medicated over time. Thus, adolescents and adults with ASD are a highly and increasingly medicated population.
Descriptors: Autism, Adolescents, Drug Therapy, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Adults, Longitudinal Studies, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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