2. Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Asklepios Klinik Nord, Langenhorner Chaussee 560, 22419 Hamburg.
Background: It is well known that individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) show impairments in areas such as social interaction and flexibility and often are without employment and partnership. But little is known about their quality of life. Therefore it was aim of our investigation to find out how they sense their quality of life in adulthood.
Subjects and Methods: 32 adults with an ASD (18 female, 14 male adults, average age: 38.4 years) were asked about their quality of life via the 36 item short form health survey (SF-36). Mean values of our studysample were compared to the reference mean values of the general German population.
Results: In our population study quality of life in adults with ASD was reduced in the sectors vitality, bodily pain, general health perceptions, physical role functioning, emotional role functioning, social role functioning and mental health.
Conclusions: Our individuals with ASD show a global reduction in their sensed quality of life. This finding emphasizes the need for more therapeutic and integrative interventions supporting them.
Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome, autism, quality of life