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(p. 3) The Challenge of Entering Adulthood for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder 

(p. 3) The Challenge of Entering Adulthood for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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(p. 3) The Challenge of Entering Adulthood for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Author(s):

Nicholas W. Gelbar

, and Daniel T. Volk

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190624828.003.0001
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date: 20 August 2018

There is a tremendous amount of variation (heterogeneity) in terms of both symptom presentation and functional ability in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The challenges faced by adolescents and emerging adults with ASD can be better understood by considering the unique sociocultural changes that most individuals experience within these stages. In general, adolescents and young adults with ASD have poor social relationship, employment, post–secondary, and independent living outcomes. Additional research efforts, particularly large-scale studies, are needed to better understand the experiences and outcomes of adolescents and young adults with ASD.

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