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Thriving in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability

Thriving in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability

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Title: Thriving in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability
Author: Weiss, Jonathan A.
Burnham Riosa, Priscilla
Abstract: Most research on mental health in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID) has focused on deficits. We examined individual (i.e., sociocommunicative skills, adaptive behavior, functional cognitive skills) and contextual (i.e., home, school, and community participation) correlates of thriving in 330 youth with ID and ASD compared to youth with ID only, 11–22 years of age (M = 16.74, SD = 2.95). Youth with ASD and ID were reported to thrive less than peers with ID only. Group differences in sociocommunicative ability and school participation mediated the relationship between ASD and less thriving. Research is needed to further elucidate a developmental-contextual framework that can inform interventions to promote mental health and wellness in individuals with ASD and ID.
Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, NeuroDevNet, Sinneave Family Foundation, CASDA, Autism Speaks, Health Canada, Spectrum of Hope Autism Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Department of Canadian Heritage (Sport Canada)
Subject: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Intellectual Disability
Special Olympics
Thriving
Mental Health
Positive Psychology
Positive Outcomes
Type: Article
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-015-2412-y
http://link.springer.com/journal/10803
http://www.springer.com/us/
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/28474
Published: Springer US
Citation: Weiss, J. A., & Burnham Riosa, P. (2015). Thriving in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 45(8), 2474-2486.
ISSN: 1573-3432 ; 0162-3257
Date: 15/03/2015

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