, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 395-411

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

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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.

This paper was presented in the 12th Conference of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions in Kyoto, Japan, July 19, 1990. This research was supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research for Autism from the Ministry of Welfare of Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan and by Research-Aid from Western Welfare Foundation of Asahi Newspaper Industry.