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Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Comparisons of Young People and Parent Perspectives

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-91
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number1
Early online date11 Sep 2017
DateAccepted/In press - 24 Aug 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 11 Sep 2017
DatePublished (current) - Jan 2018


This study used the Camberwell Assessment of Need for adults with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (CANDID) to examine the social, physical health and mental health needs of 168 young people (aged 14-24 years) with neurodevelopmental disorders and compared young person and parent ratings of need. Agreement was poor in 21 out of 25 domains. Parents consistently reported higher levels of need than young people in the majority of domains although young people with ADHD reported significantly more needs in physical health, eyesight/hearing, seizures, other mental health problems and safety of others than their parents. Both parent and young person perspectives of needs are necessary to ensure that needs that are predictive of current or future poor outcomes are not missed.

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  • Neurodevelopmental disorders, ADHD, ASD, Needs assessment, Young adulthood

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