A critique of the transition process for adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder moving from child to adult mental health services

Gregory, Leanne (2016) A critique of the transition process for adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder moving from child to adult mental health services. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this literature review was to understand why young persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) were not always transitioning successfully to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
    The transition between child and adult mental health services has been widely criticized, particularly due to the number of young persons who ' fall through the care gap net'. This usually includes young persons with a diagnosis of ADHD or ASD as these individuals are considered to have very different needs to young persons with a diagnosis of a severe and enduring mental health disorder.
    A systematic review of the literature was undertaken to obtain articles that discuss the transition process from child to adult mental health services. From these findings the author established key themes and used these to critique the transition process for the young persons with ASD and ADHD. This information allowed the author to conclude that the existing age boundaries that divide child and adult mental health services do not exist to help the young person. Further findings suggest that more work needs to be done to engage and involve the young person's transferring between services to ensure that they are experiencing person centred care. It is hoped that wider research can be undertaken to establish the voice of the young persons with ADHD and ASD in particular. Also, further research needs to be undertaken to look at the role of commissioning and resource constraints within mental health services which are also impacting on the young person's transitioning between services.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 12:32
    Last Modified: 03 Aug 2016 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21360

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