Psychosocial Interventions Targeting Social Functioning in Adults on the Autism Spectrum: a Literature Review.

TitlePsychosocial Interventions Targeting Social Functioning in Adults on the Autism Spectrum: a Literature Review.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsPallathra, AA, Cordero, L, Wong, K, Brodkin, ES
JournalCurr Psychiatry Rep
Volume21
Issue1
Pagination5
Date Published2019 Jan 31
ISSN1535-1645
Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There is a perceived shortage of evidence-based treatment programs for adults on the autism spectrum. This article reviews the recent research literature on psychosocial/behavioral interventions targeting social functioning in autistic adults without intellectual disability.

RECENT FINDINGS: We identified only 41 peer-reviewed studies published from 1980 to 2017 that tested intervention programs focused on one or more of the behavioral components of social functioning (i.e., social motivation, social anxiety, social cognition, and social skills) in more than one adult with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The studies demonstrated substantial variability in treatment objectives, intervention procedures, assessment methods, and methodologic quality. The results indicate a strong need for additional research to develop and rigorously test interventions for autistic adults that target the many behavioral components of social functioning and that include procedures to promote generalization of knowledge and skills to community settings.

DOI10.1007/s11920-019-0989-0
Alternate JournalCurr Psychiatry Rep
PubMed ID30706149
Grant ListR34 MH104407 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States