Child and Adult Factors Related to Quality of Life in Adults with Autism

Philippa Moss, William Mandy, Patricia Howlin*

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The WHO Quality of Life-Brief questionnaire was used to assess quality of life (QoL) among 52 adults with autism (mean age 49 years) followed-up since childhood. Overall, assessments of QOL were more positive than measures of objective social outcome (jobs, independence, relationships etc.) but correlations between caregiver and self-reports were low. Informant ratings indicated few correlations between current QoL and any child or adult factors. On self-report ratings, QoL was significantly negatively correlated with severity of repetitive behaviours in childhood; higher QoL was positively associated with better adult social outcomes. However, only a minority of adults (n = 22) could provide self-report data and findings highlight the need to develop valid measures for assessing the well-being of adults with autism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Mar 2017


  • Adult
  • Adult outcome
  • Autism
  • Quality of Life


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