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Behavioural and emotional difficulties in students attending schools for children and adolescents with severe intellectual disabilities

Behavioural and emotional difficulties in students attending schools for children and adolescents with severe intellectual disabilities
Behavioural and emotional difficulties in students attending schools for children and adolescents with severe intellectual disabilities
Background: For several decades, researchers and clinicians have been aware of an increased prevalence of psychiatric disorder in children with intellectual disability. However, there are few research studies exploring this issue.
Methods: The parents of 123 children attending schools for children with 'severe learning difficulties' completed the Developmental Behaviour Checklist (DBC) in order to identify those children with clinically significant behavioural and emotional problems. Comparisons were made with norms for the DBC and a range of child variables were investigated as possible correlates of disorder.
Results: Some 50.4% of the children scored above the cut-off on the DBC for psychiatric disorder. The child's severity of physical disability was related most strongly to parental ratings of behavioural and emotional problems. There were also effects for the child's age and the absence of Down's syndrome.
Conclusions: The present study confirms previous research findings of a high prevalence of behavioural and emotional difficulties amongst children with intellectual disability, and identifies a number of correlates of disorder which require further investigation.
adolescents, behavioural difficulties, children, emotional difficulties, schools
0964-2633
124-129
Cormack, K.F.M.
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Brown, A.C.
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Hastings, R.P.
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Cormack, K.F.M.
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Brown, A.C.
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Hastings, R.P.
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Cormack, K.F.M., Brown, A.C. and Hastings, R.P. (2001) Behavioural and emotional difficulties in students attending schools for children and adolescents with severe intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 44 (2), 124-129. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2788.2000.00251.x).

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Abstract

Background: For several decades, researchers and clinicians have been aware of an increased prevalence of psychiatric disorder in children with intellectual disability. However, there are few research studies exploring this issue.
Methods: The parents of 123 children attending schools for children with 'severe learning difficulties' completed the Developmental Behaviour Checklist (DBC) in order to identify those children with clinically significant behavioural and emotional problems. Comparisons were made with norms for the DBC and a range of child variables were investigated as possible correlates of disorder.
Results: Some 50.4% of the children scored above the cut-off on the DBC for psychiatric disorder. The child's severity of physical disability was related most strongly to parental ratings of behavioural and emotional problems. There were also effects for the child's age and the absence of Down's syndrome.
Conclusions: The present study confirms previous research findings of a high prevalence of behavioural and emotional difficulties amongst children with intellectual disability, and identifies a number of correlates of disorder which require further investigation.

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Published date: 24 December 2001
Keywords: adolescents, behavioural difficulties, children, emotional difficulties, schools

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Local EPrints ID: 18187
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/18187
ISSN: 0964-2633
PURE UUID: 7ee08afb-86f5-4fa4-92a2-90a71d37be6e

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Date deposited: 05 Dec 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:36

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