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. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 11 (1). pp. 8-13. ISSN 1463-6646. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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.

Item Type: Article
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: 01 Jul 2014 09:28
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