Seishin Igaku Volume 55, Issue 11 (November 2013)

The Actual State of Use of Assessment Tools for Developmental Disorders in Welfare and Medical Institutions/Facilities Kaori MATSUMOTO 1 , Hiroyuki ITO 1 , Kei OGASAHARA 2 , Mitsunori MYOGAN 3 , Fumio SOMEKI 4 , Iori TANI 5 , Ryoji YUKIHIRO 6 , Tokio UCHIYAMA 7 , Miho KURODA 8 , Naoko INADA 9 , Ryuichiro IWANAGA 10 , Taku HAGIWARA 11 , Koichi HARA 12 , Masahiko INOUE 13 , Takashi MURAKAMI 14 , Kazuhiko NAKAMURA 15 , Toshiro SUGIYAMA 16 , Hiroyuki UCHIDA 17 , Hironobu ICHIKAWA 18 , Masatsugu TSUJII 14 1Research Center for Child Mental Development, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan 2School of Education, Tokyo Gakugei University 3School of Psychology, Chukyo University 4Department of Education, College of Staten Island of the City University of New York 5Faculty of Humanities, Tokaigakuen University 6Faculty of Human and Cultural Studies, Kyoto Gakuen University 7Faculty of Human Development and Culture, Fukushima University Graduate School 8College of Integrated Human and Social Welfare Studies, Shukutoku University 9Department of Neuropsychiatry, University of Tokyo Hospital 10Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki University 11Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa Campus 12Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokushima 13Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Tottori University 14School of Contemporary Sociology, Chukyo University 15Hirosaki University Graduate School of Medicine 16Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine 17United Graduate School of Child Development, Osaka University 18Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center Keyword: Assessment tools , Medical facilities , Welfare service centers , Developmental disorders pp.1093-1102
Published Date 2013/11/15
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 The questionnaire survey was conducted to examine the actual state of use of assessment tools in welfare and medical institutions/facilities across the country that are involved in the support of children with developmental disabilities. The survey targeted 2,790 such institutions/facilities. The results showed that the utilization of common tools was 90% in the child guidance centers and medical institutions and 70-80% in health centers and support centers for individuals with developmental disabilities, but less than 20% in welfare facilities and offices. While intelligence tests, and developmental testing, are often in relatively general use, tools assessing adaptive behaviors, behavior problems, and developmental disabilities are mostly not being used. In particular, assessment tools were not commonplace in welfare facilities and offices that do not have a user under the age of 18. This results from not only a lack of resources and funds to purchase tools and employ practitioners, and/or execution time, but also misunderstandings about the assessments. The inconvenience of the existing tools also affects the usability of assessment tools in these facilities.

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55巻11号 (2013年11月)
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