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The Health Needs of Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities in State Care

Cousins, Wendy, Taggart, Laurence and Milner, Sharon (2010) The Health Needs of Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities in State Care. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23 (5). p. 468. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00587.x/abstract

DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00587.x

Abstract

Aim: To explore the health needs of young people with ID living in state care in Northern Ireland. Method: The general health and mental health needs of 37 adolescents with ID (aged 10–15 years) were compared with an age-matched sample of young people without ID (n = 128) living in state care. Data were collected from social worker reports and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). Results: The young people with ID had a significantly greater prevalence of health difficulties than their non-ID peers and also showed significantly more emotional and behavioural problems. In particular, 77.1% of the young people with ID scored within the abnormal range of the SDQ thereby indicating potential mental health difficulties compared with 49.6% of young people without ID. Conclusion: Young people with ID have additional physical and mental health needs which may not currently be met, or even recognized. They may be subject to ‘diagnostic overshadowing’, may have less effective coping strategies than their non-disabled peers and may be less able to utilize available health services. A greater awareness of the health needs of this vulnerable population is needed so effective health promotion strategies and interventions can be developed.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:30105
Deposited By: Dr Laurence Taggart
Deposited On:10 Sep 2014 12:01
Last Modified:10 Sep 2014 12:01

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