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Executive Functioning in 60+ Autistic Males: The Discrepancy Between Experienced Challenges and Cognitive Performance

Authors
  • Geurts, Hilde M.1, 2
  • Pol, S. E.3, 4
  • Lobbestael, J.5
  • Simons, Claudia J. P.3, 5
  • 1 University of Amsterdam,
  • 2 Dr. Leo Kannerhuis (Youz/Parnassiagroup), Autism Clinic, Amstedam, The Netherlands
  • 3 GGzE, Institute for Mental Health Care Eindhoven and De Kempen, Centre for Elderly Psychiatry,
  • 4 Present Address: Reinier Van Arkel Group,
  • 5 Maastricht University,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jan 17, 2020
Volume
50
Issue
4
Pages
1380–1390
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-020-04368-9
PMID: 31953573
PMCID: PMC7101290
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

As executive functioning (EF) is especially sensitive to age-related cognitive decline, EF was evaluated by using a multi-method assessment. Fifty males (60–85 years) with a late adulthood autism spectrum condition (ASC) diagnosis and 51 non-ASC males (60–83 years) were compared on cognitive tests across EF domains (cognitive flexibility, planning, processing speed, and working memory) and a self- and proxy report of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Adult Version. While no objective performance differences emerged, autistic males and their proxies did report more EF challenges than non-ASC males on the subjective measure. In order to know how to support the older autistic men who received their ASC diagnosis in late adulthood with their daily life EF challenges, it is important to understand what underlies these subjective EF problems.

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