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Psychological therapies with people who have intellectual disabilities

Langdon, Peter E. and Kehinde, Tawakalitu and Parkes, Georgina (2020) Psychological therapies with people who have intellectual disabilities. In: Oxford Textbook of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-879458-5. (doi:10.1093/med/9780198794585.003.0018) (KAR id:64032)


Historically, many people with intellectual disabilities were considered unable to take part in psychological therapies. This view has changed considerably, and there has been an increasing focus on the development of psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities, including methods to help improve the accessibility of treatment. Within this chapter, cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy, behavioural therapy, and psychodynamic therapy are reviewed. There is emerging evidence to indicate that a range of psychological therapies are effective with people who have intellectual disabilities, but a lack of large scale and well-designed clinical trials investigating a range of psychological interventions remains problematic.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/med/9780198794585.003.0018
Uncontrolled keywords: Psychotherapy, DBT, CBT, Outcome, Mindfulness
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Peter Langdon
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 12:36 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 03:05 UTC
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