This paper examines health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of children age 6-11 years with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using the Child Health and Illness Profile - Child Edition (CHIP-CE). We further examine associations of HRQoL scores with measures of behavior using regression models. Overall HRQoL scores are lower than those for normative samples. We find that both externalizing and internalizing behaviors (measured with the Child Behavior Checklist) are correlated with HRQoL as are several of the subscales of the aberrant behavior checklist. These results suggest that some potentially modifiable aspects of ASD, in particular ASD-related and aberrant behaviors, are associated with HRQoL. These associations are suggestive of the potential for improvements in behaviors in some domains having the potential to improve HRQoL. Future studies should determine whether improvements in behaviors are associated with improvements in HRQoL.
- Health-related quality of life
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health