Title Adaptive response of children and adolescents with autism to the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy.
Author Valenti, Marco ; Ciprietti, Tiziana ; Di Egidio, Claudia ; Gabrielli, Maura ; Masedu, Francesco ; Tomassini, Anna Rita ; Sorge, Germana
Journal Journal of Autism and Development Disorders;. 2011. 42(6) : 954-960.
Abstract The literature offers no descriptions of the adaptive outcomes of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) after natural disasters. Aim of this study was to evaluate the adaptive behavior of participants with ASD followed for 1 year after their exposure to the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila (Italy) compared with an unexposed peer group with ASD, by administering the Italian form of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS) at baseline, 6 months and 1 year after the earthquake. Exposed participants declined dramatically in their adaptive behavior during the first months after the earthquake. However, immediate intensive post-disaster intervention allowed children and adolescents with autism showing a trend towards partial recovery of adaptive functioning.
Subject: Children
Vulnerable populations
Mental health
Earthquakes
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10590/6819
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