Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar

Assessing Quality of Life in Autism

  • Leann Smith DaWaltEmail author
  • Marsha R. Mailick
  • Jan S. Greenberg
  • Jinkuk Hong
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102204-1


Given the complex and diverse lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it is valuable to apply a comprehensive conceptualization of quality of life (QoL) when assessing life course and treatment outcomes for individuals with ASD. In the general population, QoL is considered a multidimensional construct. For example, the World Health Organization defines subjective QoL as an “individuals’ perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns” (WHOQOL Group 1995, p. 1405). Accordingly, standardized measures of QoL in the general population typically include items in the physical, psychological, and social domains (Danckaerts et al. 2010). For individuals with developmental disabilities, including ASD, researchers have similarly applied a multidimensional framework to the study of QoL. One of the most commonly utilized definitions comes from...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leann Smith DaWalt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marsha R. Mailick
    • 1
  • Jan S. Greenberg
    • 1
  • Jinkuk Hong
    • 1
  1. 1.Waisman CenterUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA