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Subjective well-being of people with ASD in Japan

Michio Kojima (Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan)

Advances in Autism

ISSN: 2056-3868

Article publication date: 28 February 2020

Issue publication date: 21 April 2020




The purpose of this paper is to investigate developmental changes and factors affecting subjective well-being (SWB) of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in Japan.


Questionnaires were distributed to participants (n = 87) and interviews(n = 33) were conducted to investigate factors affecting SWB.


This study suggested that the SWB of people with ASD might be closely correlated with their self-esteem. Moreover, high school and university students have negative feelings such as anxiety and worries that affected their SWB, whereas working adults have positive feelings and thinking that influenced their SWB. Furthermore, hobbies were the source of happiness for people with ASD.


This study suggests the factors affecting SWB of people with ASD.



Kojima, M. (2018), "Subjective well-being of people with ASD in Japan", Advances in Autism, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 129-138.



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