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100 1  Farley, Megan Annette 
245 10 Outcome for adults with high-functioning autism 
300    154 p 
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 70-
       01, Section: A, page: 0087 
502    Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Utah, 2009 
520    Studies have demonstrated substantial variability in adult
       outcome for people with autism and cognitive functioning 
       within the average or above-average range. This study 
       examined outcome in adulthood for a group of 40 such 
       individuals originally identified through an 
       epidemiological study of autism in Utah. Participants 
       included 37 men and 3 women. Mean age at the time of their
       childhood cognitive assessment was 6.84 years (SD = 2.79 
       years, range = 3.50 to 13.42 years) and at follow-up was 
       32.25 years (SD  = 5.58 years, range = 22.33 to 46.42 
       years). Outcome measures included standardized assessments
       of diagnostic status, cognitive ability, and adaptive 
       behavior. Additional information collected concerned 
       demographic variables, indicators of independence, social 
       relationships, medical and psychiatric conditions, and 
       social service use. Adult outcome results for this sample 
       were better than what has been identified in previous work
       on individuals with similar cognitive functioning. One 
       fourth (n = 10) obtained a very good outcome and one 
       fourth obtained a good outcome. Thirteen participants were
       within the fair range of outcome status, and 7 
       participants achieved a poor outcome. No participants were
       in the very poor category outcome in adulthood. As in 
       previous studies, there was considerable variability in 
       measured cognitive ability over time in this sample. More 
       than half of the sample demonstrated a change in cognitive
       ability of greater than 1 standard deviation. Change in 
       cognitive ability was associated with outcome status as 
       was adaptive functioning. Self-care abilities appeared 
       particularly significant in determining outcome status. 
       There was little evidence to support the prognostic 
       utility of early childhood variables on adult outcome 
590    School code: 0240 
650  4 Education, Educational Psychology 
650  4 Psychology, Clinical 
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710 2  The University of Utah 
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