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Quality of Life Amongst Adults with a Childhood Diagnosis of Autism and a Childhood IQ Outside the Intellectual Disability Range

Moss, P; (2015) Quality of Life Amongst Adults with a Childhood Diagnosis of Autism and a Childhood IQ Outside the Intellectual Disability Range. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis considers the predictors and correlates of outcome amongst higher ability adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The literature review (Section one) critically appraises studies which have reported on the adult outcome of higher ability adults with ASD using the more traditionally used, objective adult social outcome measure. It examines which child and adult factors (specifically language level, intellectual ability and severity autism symptomatology) are associated with adult social outcome. The impact of methodological differences between and within studies on findings is addressed followed by discussion of the appropriateness of the adult social outcome measure, in isolation, as a way of determining how an individual with ASD is functioning in adulthood. The empirical paper (Section two) considers an alternative measure of outcome, quality of life (QoL), with a sample of individuals who were diagnosed with autism in childhood and had a childhood IQ outside the intellectual disability range. It examines whether it is possible to determine which child and adult factors are associated with this more subjective measure of outcome and whether there is a difference between informant perceived and self-reported QoL scores. The critical appraisal (Section three) evaluates the process of conducting a literature review and empirical study on these topics. It considers how decisions were guided by previous experiences, what methodological factors affected the process, and how these issues relate to conducting research with the wider ASD population.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: Quality of Life Amongst Adults with a Childhood Diagnosis of Autism and a Childhood IQ Outside the Intellectual Disability Range
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1470707
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