Mental disorder and adverse life events in a forensic intellectual disability service

Gore, Nick J. and Dawson, David L. (2009) Mental disorder and adverse life events in a forensic intellectual disability service. The British Journal of Forensic Practice, 11 (1). pp. 8-13. ISSN 1463-6646

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Abstract

The study investigated the frequency of adverse life events and prevalence of MD recorded for clients with intellectual disabilities (ID) in a medium secure unit, using data from an electronic patient record (EPR) system. Prevalence of MD was calculated on the basis of ICD-10 diagnoses and a 38-item checklist was developed to investigate dverse/traumatic
life events for sub-samples with and without MD. High rates of MD were reported overall,particularly of schizotypal and delusional disorders and disorders of personality. Adverse
life events including abuse, bereavement and relationship difficulties had been documented by clinicians. The overall number of recorded events was significantly higher for clients diagnosed with a MD. Associations between MD and life events have been reported previously, but not in a forensic ID population. The study contributes to a growing body of literature highlighting the relationship between life events and mental health in people with ID, offering further information for service development and clinical practice.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Intellectual disability, Mental disorders, Life events, forensic
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:2817
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:08 Jul 2010 19:59
Last Modified:18 Nov 2013 14:12

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