Quality of life in high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder: The predictive value of disability and support characteristics

  • Renty J
  • Roeyers H
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Although the concept of quality of life has increasingly been used in the field of intellectual disabilities over the past three decades, the factors contributing to quality of life of persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have received relatively little attention. In this study, disability and support characteristics associated with variations in the level of quality of life among adults with ASD are identified, using self-report measures. Fifty-eight high-functioning adults with ASD participated in the study. The results of a multiple linear regression analysis reveal that support characteristics are related to quality of life in adults with ASD, whereas disability characteristics are not. The R2 effect size (0.620) is large and significant. The results reinforce the significance of an available supportive social network, the importance of a substantial needs assessment and effective professional support.

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  • Adults
  • Formal support
  • Informal support
  • Needs assessment
  • Quality of life

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  • Jo Renty

  • Herbert Roeyers

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