Prevalence of clinical autistic traits within a homeless population: barriers to accessing homeless services

Kargas, Niko and Harley, Kathryn and Roberts, Amanda and Sharman, Stephen (2019) Prevalence of clinical autistic traits within a homeless population: barriers to accessing homeless services. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL DISTRESS AND THE HOMELESS . ISSN 1053-0789

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Abstract

Recent research suggests a high prevalence rate of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) amongst the homeless population. Although, it is well-documented that autistic people experienced many barriers to accessing health services, little is known about their challenges in accessing homeless services. Thus, the present study aimed to measure prevalence of high levels of autistic traits, and to identify barriers that prevent autistic people accessing homeless services. Participants recruited from homeless services (n=65) completed the Autism Quotient-10 (AQ-10) alongside a questionnaire regarding perceived accessibility of homeless services. Results revealed that 18.5% of participants scored Above the Clinical Threshold of the AQ-10 (ACT-AQ). Moreover, the ACT-AQ group reported that encountering big groups in shared accommodation represent a significant barrier to engaging with homeless services. Further research is needed to identify the full degree of ASC representation and the factors that might prevent autistic homeless people accessing homeless services, and thus overcoming homelessness.

Keywords:Autism, Homelessness, Prevalence, Barriers, Homeless services
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
L Social studies > L340 Disability in Society
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:35753
Deposited On:09 May 2019 08:21

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