ERIC Number: EJ882638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Results from the Autism Treatment Network
Kuhlthau, Karen; Orlich, Felice; Hall, Trevor A.; Sikora, Darryn; Kovacs, Erica A.; Delahaye, Jennifer; Clemons, Traci E.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n6 p721-729 Jun 2010
We examined data collected as a part of the Autism Treatment Network, a group of 15 autism centers across the United States and Canada. Mean Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) scores of the 286 children assessed were significantly lower than those of healthy populations (according to published norms). When compared to normative data from children with chronic conditions, children with ASD demonstrated worse HRQoL for total, psychosocial, emotional and social functioning, but did not demonstrate differing scores for physical and school functioning. HRQoL was not consistently related to ASD diagnosis or intellectual ability. However, it was consistently related to internalizing and externalizing problems as well as repetitive behaviors, social responsiveness, and adaptive behaviors. Associations among HRQoL and behavioral characteristics suggest that treatments aimed at improvements in these behaviors may improve HRQoL.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Quality of Life, Foreign Countries, Health, Scores, Comparative Analysis, Data Analysis, Chronic Illness, Emotional Adjustment, Social Adjustment, Mental Retardation, Behavior Problems, Social Cognition, Correlation, Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States