Depression, Self-Perception and Emotional Understanding in Children and Adolescents With Asperger Syndrome

Dalrymple, Kirsty A (2001) Depression, Self-Perception and Emotional Understanding in Children and Adolescents With Asperger Syndrome. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Objective: To evaluate the introduction of an initial assessment model of service delivery within an adult clinical psychology service. Design: The evaluation period was 6 months. Three self-report questionnaires were designed to assess patient, psychologist and GP satisfaction with this service. Patients and GPs received these by means of a postal survey with the psychologist completing a questionnaire following the assessment of each patient. The number of patients waiting for treatment, records of attendance, waiting time for initial appointments and referral rates were analysed so that implications for service delivery could be investigated. Setting: East Renfrewshire, Scotland. Subjects: Respondent patients (n=30). General Practitioners (GPs) who referred to the service during this time (n=14) and one full-time Clinical Psychologist. Results: Questionnaire responses revealed high levels of satisfaction with this model of service delivery, although, patients, GPs and the Psychologist frequently reported dissatisfaction with waiting time for treatment appointments. The GPs reported that the service was preferable to the previous waiting list system, highlighting a number of strengths that may encourage them to refer more patients. In comparison to the period 6 months prior to implementation of the initial assessment model, average waiting time for first appointments decreased by 75%, non-attendance at initial appointments decreased by 85%, and monthly referral rates increased by 38%. Conclusions: The introduction of an initial assessment clinical psychology service has revealed a number of benefits for consumers, purchasers and providers. The results suggest that waiting time is a critical factor affecting satisfaction and demand and, once again, has stressed the need for adequate resourcing of clinical psychology services.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Fiona Knott
Keywords: Clinical psychology
Date of Award: 2001
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2001-75986
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 17:09
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 17:09

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