Health of people with autism: findings from Scotland's 2011 census

Rydzewska, E. , Hughes-Mccormack, L., Henderson, A. and Cooper, S.-A. (2016) Health of people with autism: findings from Scotland's 2011 census. 2016 IASSIDD World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 14-19 Aug 2016. p. 731. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12305)

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Aim: Little is known about self-rated health status and demographic factors of people with autism in whole country populations. For the populations with and without autism in the whole of Scotland, this study investigated: self-rated general health status, demographic factors, and the prevalence of self-reported mental health conditions and other disabilities . Method: We analysed Scotland’s Census 2011 self-reported data about people with and without autism, and generated descriptive statistics. Results: 31,712 (0 .6%) of all people in Scotland(n=5,295,403) stated they had autism. There were 17,348(54.7%) children aged 0-15 and 14,364 (45.3%) adults aged 16 and over with autism. Very good or good health was described for 78.1% of children and 64.7% of adults with autism, and for 98.1% of children and 79.0% of adults without autism. 7.6% of children and 23.6% of adults with autism had an additional mental health condition (not including intellectual disabilities) compared with 0.2 % of children and 5 .2% of adults without autism.Other disabilities were also more common in people with autism. Conclusions: Health is poorer for people with autism than for the population without autism.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:Abstract of oral presentation published in Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Special Issue: Global Partnerships: Enhancing Research, Policy and Practice 60(7-8):731.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hughes, Mrs Laura and Rydzewska, Dr Ewelina and Henderson, Mrs Angela and Cooper, Professor Sally-Ann
Authors: Rydzewska, E., Hughes-Mccormack, L., Henderson, A., and Cooper, S.-A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
ISSN (Online):1365-2788
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