Format

Send to

Choose Destination
J Autism Dev Disord. 2019 Feb;49(2):556-568. doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3729-0.

Understanding Service Usage and Needs for Adults with ASD: The Importance of Living Situation.

Author information

1
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Katerina.dudley@unc.edu.
2
TEACCH Autism Program, CB#7180, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7180, USA. Katerina.dudley@unc.edu.
3
TEACCH Autism Program, CB#7180, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7180, USA.
4
Department of Allied Health Services, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
5
Department of Pediatrics, JFK Partners, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, CO, USA.
6
School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA.
7
Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.

Abstract

With the increasing prevalence of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), research examining the service experiences of this population is greatly needed. The current study investigated service use, unmet needs, and obstacles to service access for a large sample of adults with ASD. After accounting for various demographic factors known to impact service usage and needs, living situation was a significant predictor of service use, needs, and obstacles to services. Adults with ASD living with family reported less service use, higher unmet need, and more obstacles to accessing services. With more than half of this adult sample living with family, results have clear public policy implications to support the increasing population of adults with ASD living with aging caregivers.

KEYWORDS:

Autism spectrum disorder; Living situation; Middle adulthood; Service needs; Service obstacles; Service usage

PMID:
30145735
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-018-3729-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Springer
Loading ...
Support Center