Difficulties associated with the support for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in adolescence and adulthood in psychiatry day-treatment institutions for persons with psychiatric disabilities

Poster C65, Saturday, October 22, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Le Baron

Yasuko Koyano1, Hiromi Watanabe2, Mitsuru Yamashina3; 1Juntendo University, 2Ryotokuji University, 3Chuo University

Purpose The objective of this study was to identify the difficulties experienced by staff members providing autism spectrum support services in psychiatry day-treatment institutions for persons with psychiatric disabilities. Methods A self-administered questionnaire survey was conducted of staff members of WAM NET-listed day-treatment institutions for persons with disabilities in Japan. The questionnaire contained items to determine the experiences, difficulties, views, and other related issues to autism spectrum support services. Results A self-administered mail-based questionnaire survey was conducted with 1037 workers involved in support for adolescents and adults without intellectual disabilities at 1037 facilities for disability aid and psychiatry day - treatment facilities. The response rate was 14.3%. A total of 141 responses to the questionnaires were collected and the data was analyzed. The average length of experience was 12 years and six months, 44% of the staff were psychiatric social workers and 29.8% of the staff were nurses. The percentage of staff who had participated in specialized training programs was 67.4.1%, and 92.2% of the support to persons with ASD . The difficulties were related to the behavioral characteristics of the care receivers , coordination among care users , support development , and responses of the family and from the workplace . In addition, 89.4% of the staff predicted that the support for persons with developmental disorders in psychiatry day-care institutions would increase in the future . Of the respondents, 98.6% felt the need for support to the staff, and the types of support that many of the respondents wished for were case studies and study meetings to allow them to acquire medical knowledge.

Topic Area: Stress Responsivity

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