ERIC Number: EJ814212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
A Survey on Mental Health Care for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Asia
Kwok, H. W. M.; Chui, E. M. C.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v52 n11 p996-1002 Nov 2008
Background: Mental Health Services for adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) in Asia is less described than those in the western world. With the improvements in the economy and medical care in Asia, there is an increase in awareness of mental health services for people with ID in this part of the world. A study was carried out to look into these aspects in Asian countries. Method: A cross sectional survey using structured questionnaire was sent to 14 Asian countries/territories in 2005/2006 and returns were analysed in light of their demographics and health statistics. Results: The type and range of mental health services vary widely for people with ID in all the nine countries/territories that returned their questionnaires. Two of the respondent countries reported a lack of psychiatric services for their adult ID population. Conclusions: In general, mental health services for people with ID in Asia do not keep pace with economic developments. More government commitment and international collaborations are necessary to improve the mental well-being of this population in Asia.
Descriptors: Psychiatric Services, Health Services, Mental Retardation, Mental Health Programs, Foreign Countries, Access to Health Care, Adults, Public Health, Questionnaires, Economic Development, Health Needs
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Identifiers - Location: Asia