Original Paper

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 687-694

A Systematic Review of Psychosocial Interventions for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Lauren Bishop-FitzpatrickAffiliated withSchool of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh Email author 
  • , Nancy J. MinshewAffiliated withWestern Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
  • , Shaun M. EackAffiliated withSchool of Social Work, University of PittsburghWestern Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

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Abstract

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) spend the majority of their lives as adults, and psychosocial interventions show promise for improving outcomes in this population. This research conducted a systematic review of all peer-review studies evaluating psychosocial interventions for adults with ASD. A total of 1,217 studies were reviewed, only 13 met inclusion criteria. The majority of studies were single case studies or non-randomized controlled trials, and most focused on applied behavior analysis or social cognition training. Effects of psychosocial treatment in adults with ASD were largely positive ranging from d = 0.14–3.59, although the quantity and quality of studies is limited. There is substantial need for the rigorous development and evaluation of psychosocial treatments for adults with ASD.

Keywords

Asperger’s Pervasive developmental disorder Treatment Therapy