Positive dimension of mental health has gained less attention in previous research on individuals with neurodevelopmenal disorders. However, knowledge on factors associated with mental well-being is crucial for planning effective interventions for this target group.
The aim of the study was to investigate the determinants of positive mental health among young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders.
The study sample consisted of 171 young adults (18-35 years, mean age 25 years, SD 4.35) with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or ADHD/ADD. The data were collected with questionnaires.
The mean score of SWEMWBS was 20.98 (n = 168, ranging 14.75-35.00, SD = 3.55). Provisions of social relationships, functional capacity and self-rated state of health associated independently with positive mental health.
The level of positive mental health of study participants was relatively low compared with previous studies in other clinical settings or general populations. Promotion of social competence and social relationship should be included in rehabilitation programmes targeted at individuals with neurodevelopmental disorder. This may be beneficial in reaching also other goals set for the rehabilitation, such as increasing capacity to work or study.
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