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The association between indicators of psychiatric disorder and challenging behaviour [Abstract]

Felce, David John and Kerr, Michael Patrick 2008. The association between indicators of psychiatric disorder and challenging behaviour [Abstract]. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 52 (8-9) , p. 662. 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01085.x

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Aims: To explore the association between psychiatric caseness and challenging behaviour in a general practice based population of adults with intellectual disabilities. Method: Data were collected on the age, gender, place of residence, adaptive and challenging behaviour, social impairment and psychiatric status of  adults from  general practices. Psychiatric caseness was based on threshold scores on the Psychopathology Inventory for Mentally Retarded Adults (PIMRA), an instrument which screens for eight major psychiatric conditions based on DSM III criteria. Associations between caseness, total PIMRA scores and scores on the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC) were analysed for groups matched on the Adaptive Behaviour Scale (ABS). Results:  participants (%) attained threshold psychiatric caseness. There were statistically significant differences between those with and without caseness in: presence of the triad of social impairments, ABC scores and PIMRA scores but not gender, age or ABS scores. PIMRA and ABC scores were significantly inter-correlated. Conclusions: The study shows a relationship between psychiatric caseness and challenging behaviour independent of adaptive behaviour level and other potential confounds.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Additional Information: Special Issue: People with Intellectual Disabilities: Citizens in the World Symposium: Epidemiology of problem behaviours
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 0964-2633
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