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

By Nick J. Gore and David L. Dawson


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\ud 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\ud 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

Topics: C800 Psychology, C810 Applied Psychology, C840 Clinical Psychology
Publisher: Pier Professional
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1108/14636646200900003
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