Current Perspectives and Issues in Autism and Adolescence

  • Gary B. Mesibov
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)


Though somewhat neglected until recently, the topic of autism has received considerable attention from investigators in the last 10–15 years (DeMyer, 1979; Rutter & Schopler, 1978; Wing, 1972). Most of this research has involved children. However, despite the tremendous increase in research, there remains a large gap in our understanding of autistic people as they become adolescents and adults (Sullivan, 1977). Until recently this gap did not represent a major problem for service providers because such a high percentage of autistic adolescents and adults were living in residential institutions where few learning opportunities were available (Lotter, 1978). However, more successful intervention programs have resulted in more autistic adolescent and adult people functioning in community-based programs with increased learning opportunities and an accompanying need for more information. The purpose of this chapter is to help meet this increased need by reviewing the current understanding of autism in adolescents and adults and by making suggestions for future clinical and research efforts.


Aggressive Behavior Autistic Child Handicapped People Interpersonal Skill Childhood Schizophrenia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary B. Mesibov
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  1. 1.Adolescent and Adult Services, Division TEACCH, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel HillUSA

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