Autism in Adult Patients and the Effects on Caregivers
Background: The number of adults with autism is expected to rise significantly in the near future, due to two main reasons: First, a dramatic increase in the estimates of the prevalence of autism starting in the mid 1980s; Second, the clinical diagnosis of autism was first introduced during the 1950s, and those diagnosed with autism back then are only now entering middle age. Few studies, however, have focused on the outcomes of adult autistic individuals, and very little is known about the course of autism in adulthood and on the familial burden resulting from caring for an autistic adult. We therefore propose to study adult outcomes in autism, and to examine the influence of raising an autistic individual on the parents.
Working hypothesis and aims: The primary objectives of the study are:
1. Determine clinical status and functioning of autistic adults.
2. Study the influence of raising and caring for an individual with autism on the well-being of the parents.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Sheba Medical Center
Not yet recruiting
Sheba Medical Center
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00367107
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
A childhood disorder predominately affecting boys and similar to autism (AUTISTIC DISORDER). It is characterized by severe, sustained, clinically significant impairment of social interaction, and restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior. In contrast to autism, there are no clinically significant delays in language or cognitive development. (From DSM-IV)
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