Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

2017 Edition
| Editors: Nancy A. Pachana

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-082-7_305


Adulthood; Ageing; ASD; Asperger’s syndrome; Autism; Autism spectrum disorder; Autistic disorder; Intellectual disability; Neurodevelopmental disability; Pervasive developmental disorders


Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is both high in prevalence and most commonly lifelong in nature. Despite this, there is a dearth of available information regarding the disorder in later life. Existing evidence indicates poor outcomes in adult life in a range of areas of health and wellbeing, though more information is needed to create a more comprehensive understanding of the circumstances and needs of autistic adults as they age.


The lifelong nature of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) attests to the need for a thorough understanding of the condition throughout the lifespan. This entry will summarize the extant knowledge regarding ASD in later life. It will begin with a brief discussion of the conceptual and diagnostic background of ASD...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Developmental Disability NeuropsychiatrySchool of Psychiatry, University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC)Long PocketBrisbaneAustralia