Gore, N.J. and Dawson, D.L. (2009) Mental Disorder and Adverse Life Events in a Forensic Intellectual Disability Service. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 11 (1). pp. 8-13. ISSN 1463-6646.
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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 adverse/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.
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard|
|Depositing User:||Nick Gore|
|Date Deposited:||29 Apr 2010 13:11|
|Last Modified:||20 Dec 2011 12:10|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24351 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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