Brief Report: Character Strengths in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Without Intellectual Impairment

J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Oct;46(10):3330-7. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2865-7.


In the current study, we assessed character strengths in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD, n = 32) and neurotypical controls (n = 32) using the Values in Action Inventory (VIA-IS, Peterson and Seligman 2004) and explored associations with levels of satisfaction with life (SWL). The most frequently endorsed signature strengths (i.e., five top-ranked strengths within an individual's strength ranking) were emotional (humour, love) and interpersonal strengths (kindness, fairness) in the control group, the most frequently endorsed signature strengths in the ASD group were intellectual strengths (open-mindedness, creativity, love of learning). Interpersonal and emotional strengths had, however, the highest positive associations with SWL in the ASD group.

Keywords: Adults; Autism spectrum disorder; Character strengths; Satisfaction with life.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / psychology*
  • Character*
  • Emotions* / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence* / physiology
  • Male
  • Self Report* / standards
  • Young Adult