The challenge and promise of autism spectrum disorders in adulthood and aging: a systematic review of the literature (1990-2013)

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Publication Type pre-print
School or College College of Nursing
Department Nursing College of
Creator Wright, Scott D.
Other Author Brooks, Denise E.; D'Astous, Valerie; Grandin, Temple
Title The challenge and promise of autism spectrum disorders in adulthood and aging: a systematic review of the literature (1990-2013)
Date 2013-01-01
Description Abstract: In the past five years, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of publications addressing the issues of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in the domain of adulthood and aging. However this increase still represents an extremely small proportion of the overall literature which is predominantly focused on autism in the childhood and adolescence stages of development. The purpose of this paper is to present results from a systematic literature review covering the timeframe of 1990 to 2013 (including advance online publications). Five data bases were queried at the intersection of ASD in the domain of adulthood and aging. Using "ASD" and "adulthood and aging" as the two primary foci, we had several objectives: (1) to conduct an exhaustive and comprehensive review of the literature; (2) to determine emergent sub-themes from the comprehensive review of publications; (3) to identify the top exemplar articles per emergent theme; (4) to establish an emergent theme that had the greatest number of publications; and (5) to document three journals that most frequently publish articles exploring ASDs, adulthood and aging. This review is different than previous reviews in that: (a) it emphasizes intergenerational factors; (b) it stresses multidisciplinary perspectives; (c) it is life-course oriented; and (d) we review the promise and potential of neurodiversity and highlight the abilities and capabilities possible for individuals with ASDs into adulthood and aging.
Type Text
Publisher Libertas Academica
First Page 21
Last Page 73
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Wright, S. D., Brooks, D. E., DAstous, V., & Grandin, T. ( 2013). The challenge and promise of autism spectrum disorders in adulthood and aging: a systematic review of the literature (1990-2013). Autism Insights, 21-73.
Rights Management (c) Libertas Academica
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Date Created 2013-05-28
Date Modified 2013-05-28
ID 708826
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6z89x7p
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