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Longitudinal studies of autism spectrum disorders: 2 to 23  

This project will examine early predictors of positive and negative outcomes in adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in terms of adaptive skills, quality of life, positive affect, and symptoms of anxiety and depression. One study will follow the same group of children from the time that they are 2 years old until they are 23 years old using face-to-face assessments and questionnaires with a focus on relationships among adaptive skills, behavior problems, pubertal development, and adolescent onset of seizures. A second study on children between 9 and 23 years of age will focus more specifically on psychiatric comorbidity and mood disorders in ASD, as well as the relationship between coping resources, comorbidity, and quality of life. This project will provide important information about individual differences in developmental trajectories in ASD and will be useful in developing new ways to improve quality of life for individuals with ASD and their families. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $492,935.00
Project Number 5R01MH081873-02
Principal Investigator Lord, Catherine
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 6: What Does the Future Hold, Particularly for Adults? (Lifespan)
Strategic Plan Objective New! Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 6LB. Conduct one study that builds on carefully characterized cohorts of children and youth with ASD to determine how interventions, services, and supports delivered during childhood impact adult health and quality of life outcomes by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Michigan
State/Country Michigan
Web Link 1 Longitudinal studies of autism spectrum disorders: 2 to 23 (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Longitudinal studies of autism spectrum disorders: 2 to 23 | $476,915.00 | 2010 | 5R01MH081873-03
Longitudinal studies of autism spectrum disorders: 2 to 23 | $504,261.00 | 2008 | R01MH081873-01A1