Exploring Sensory Preferences Among Community-Dwelling Individuals Living With Mental Health Disorders
This study explored the sensory preferences of adults with mental health disorders who attend peer-led community wellness centers in the northeastern United States. Participants (N = 55) completed a demographic survey and the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile. The participants scored significantly higher in the quadrants of low registration (p = .042), sensory sensitivity (p = .039), and sensation avoiding (p = .010). Individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder I scored significantly higher in the quadrants of sensory sensitivity (p = .039) and sensation avoiding (p = .021). These findings enhance the understanding of sensory preferences among community dwelling individuals diagnosed with a mental health disorder attending peer-led community wellness centers. This information can help healthcare professionals, including mental health care practitioners and peer providers, better support individuals who have sensory regulation challenges.
American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
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Gardner, Jennifer; Swarbrick, Margaret; Kearns, Danielle; Suero, Leanne; Harder, Pamela; Moscoe, Emily; O'toole, K. Patrick; and Rutledge, John, "Exploring Sensory Preferences Among Community-Dwelling Individuals Living With Mental Health Disorders" (2018). Kean Publications. 1527.