Challenges of Providing Transitional-Age Care to Individuals with ADHD

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Challenges of Providing Transitional-Age Care to Individuals With ADHD One of the most problematic administrative problems that exists within the social services delivery system in the United Kingdom falls in the juncture of juvenile to adult services. While both services provide quality care in and of themselves (or at least for the most part do so), there are significant differences between the two sets of services. The result of this is that young people are often lost to the system (or less commonly lost within the system) (Department of Health, 2003). This is problematic for the individuals themselves, of course, but it is at least as problematic to society at large as individuals who have spent significant time within the system of state care as individuals are at higher risk of committing crimes (Forbes, While, Ullman, Lewis, Mathes & Griffiths, 2001). This dissertation examines one subset of this group of at-risk individuals: Individuals who have received social services as youths who have been diagnosed as having ADHD and the likelihood that they will commit crimes when they become adults. There are a number of important theoretical as well as real-world challenges in examining this particular issue: Not only is there a dearth of established research on this topic but it has highly significant consequences for both the individuals involved (as well as their families and other caregivers) as well a for society as a whole. Transitional services exist for youth

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