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

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Kargas, N., Harley, K. M., Roberts, A. and Sharman, S. 2019. Prevalence of clinical autistic traits within a homeless population: barriers to accessing homeless services. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless.
AuthorsKargas, N., Harley, K. M., Roberts, A. and Sharman, S.
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.

JournalJournal of Social Distress and the Homeless
ISSN1053-0789
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/10530789.2019.1607139
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/10530789.2019.1607139
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Online29 Apr 2019
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Accepted08 Apr 2019
Deposited31 Jul 2019
Copyright holder© 2019 Taylor & Francis
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless on 29/07/19, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10530789.2019.1607139.
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