Authors: Stephen Edwards, VIC
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Dual Disorders, dual disability, Developmental Disability, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Research on the assessment of adults with dual disability is severely limited in Australia, particularly regarding those who use the public mental health systems. The primary aim of this paper is to report data from a pilot study using the Mini Psychiatric Assessment Schedule for Adults with Developmental Disability (PAS-ADD) assessment schedule. This assessment schedule has been designed to provide a case level indication of mental illness in seven diagnostic categories based on observations about clinical symptoms from carer informants. Substantial agreement was found between the symptom ratings of support workers and opinions of psychiatrists on the psychosis subscale. While further validity studies are required across the subscales, the Mini PAS-ADD shows promise for use as part of a comprehensive assessment.
An additional aim of the paper is to articulate some of the challenges for research identified during this study and to contribute recommendations regarding future research with people who have intellectual disability or borderline intellectual functioning and use public mental health services.