Home > Current and ideal living arrangements and supports for Canadian adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)-Part I: perspectives from adults with FASD.

Gault, Siann and Gnat, Lauren and Fletcher, Paula C and Kirst, Maritt and MacDonald, Robert and Morton Ninomiya, Melody E (2024) Current and ideal living arrangements and supports for Canadian adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)-Part I: perspectives from adults with FASD. Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research, Early online, https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.15336.

External website: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/acer.1...

BACKGROUND: Adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) can thrive with lifelong support in daily living activities. Previous research examining living support for adults with FASD has heavily relied on caregiver reports rather than lived experiences, which can undermine opportunities for self-determination. In this study, we examined the perspectives of adults with FASD to better understand: (1) the ways in which they are supported with daily life activities; and (2) their ideal future living arrangements and supports.

METHODS: This article presents findings from the perspective of adults with FASD as part of a broader project involving both adults with FASD and the caregivers who support them. Interviews were conducted with four Canadian adults with FASD who live in housing with supportive services and seven adults with FASD who live at home with the support of caregivers. Framework analyses, a structured approach to analyzing qualitative data, were used to examine participants' perspectives.

RESULTS: In addition to providing support for previous findings, participants provided novel information regarding: (1) their daily living supports; (2) positive and negative aspects of their arrangements; and (3) ideal living environments and supports.

CONCLUSIONS: This study offers insight into participants' perspectives regarding their living support, which is critical to inform housing and aid in self-determination. Areas of support outlined by participants can be used to begin conversations regarding the support required in housing arrangements for adults with FASD.


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