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The prevalence of psychiatric disorders among people with intellectual disabilities: an analysis of the literature

Whitaker, Simon and Read, Stephen (2006) The prevalence of psychiatric disorders among people with intellectual disabilities: an analysis of the literature. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 19 (4). pp. 330-345. ISSN 13602322

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Abstract

Background It has often been stated that the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in people with intellectual disabilities is greater than it is in the population as a whole.
Method The epidemiological studies on psychiatric disorders in people with intellectual disabilities were reviewed.
Results There is evidence that the prevalence of psychiatric disorder is greater in children with intellectual disabilities, compared with children with normal IQs, that
it is higher in both adults and children with severe intellectual disabilities compared with people with mild or no intellectual disability and that the rate of problematic behaviour is higher in both adults and children having intellectual disabilities, than in their non-disabled peers.
Conclusions There is no sound evidence that the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in adults with mild intellectual disability

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning disability, mental illness, mental retardation, prevalence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Depositing User: Simon Whitaker
Date Deposited: 15 May 2009 15:15
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2011 11:34
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4281

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