Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 395–411

A follow-up study of 201 children with autism in Kyushu and Yamaguchi areas, Japan

  • Ryuji Kobayashi
  • Toyohisa Murata
  • Kazuhiko Yoshinaga

DOI: 10.1007/BF01048242

Cite this article as:
Kobayashi, R., Murata, T. & Yoshinaga, K. J Autism Dev Disord (1992) 22: 395. doi:10.1007/BF01048242


A follow-up survey was conducted on 201 young adults with autism who were 18 or older (mean age, 21.5). All had participated previously in intensive therapeutic camping or had therapeutic involvement at medical consultation agencies to evaluate their outcome. Their social outcome was better than that previously reported in Japan. Although 31.5% had shown marked deterioration during adolescence, 43.2% had shown marked improvement during that period. Possible factors contributing to these results are discussed.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryuji Kobayashi
    • 1
  • Toyohisa Murata
    • 2
  • Kazuhiko Yoshinaga
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationOita UniversityOitaJapan
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryFukuoka University School of MedicineJapan
  3. 3.Research Laboratory for Social MedicineFukuoka University School of MedicineJapan

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