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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 3/2015

01-03-2015 | Original Paper

Outcomes in Adult Life Among Siblings of Individuals with Autism

Auteurs: Patricia Howlin, Philippa Moss, Sarah Savage, Patrick Bolton, Michael Rutter

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 3/2015

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Abstract

Little is known about adult siblings of individuals with autism. We report on cognitive, social and mental health outcomes in 87 adult siblings (mean age 39 years). When younger all had been assessed either as being “unaffected” by autism (n = 69) or as meeting criteria for the “Broader Autism Phenotype” (BAP, n = 18). As adults, all scored within the average range on tests of intelligence, numeracy and literacy. “Unaffected” siblings were functioning well in terms of jobs, independence and social relationships. Levels of social relationships and employment were significantly lower in the BAP group; autism traits and mental health problems were significantly higher. The data suggest that the “broader autism phenotype” is a meaningful concept but more sensitive diagnostic measures are required.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Outcomes in Adult Life Among Siblings of Individuals with Autism
Auteurs
Patricia Howlin
Philippa Moss
Sarah Savage
Patrick Bolton
Michael Rutter
Publicatiedatum
01-03-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 3/2015
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-014-2224-5

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