Emotional and behavioural needs of children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities in an urban conurbation.

Emerson, Eric and Robertson, Janet M. and Wood, Justin (2005) Emotional and behavioural needs of children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities in an urban conurbation. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 49 (1). pp. 16-24. ISSN 0964-2633

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Abstract

Background Over the past decade, increased attention has been paid to identifying and responding to the emotional and behavioural needs of children and adolescents with intellectual disability (ID). The aims of the present study were to add to this body of knowledge by identifying factors associated with emotional and behavioural needs among a sample of children with ID drawn from a large urban conurbation. Method Information was collected by postal questionnaire (or interview for family carers who did not have English as their first language) from teachers and from family carers of 615 children administratively identified as having ID (47% of all children with ID). Results Results indicated that: (1) the administrative prevalence of moderate but not severe ID was associated with social deprivation whereas the prevalence of severe but not moderate ID appeared to be associated with ethnicity; (2) 54% of children scored above the threshold on the Developmental Behaviour Checklist (DBC)–primary family carer, and 37% of children scored above the threshold on the DBC-teacher; (3) social deprivation, male gender, less severe ID and having fewer physical or sensory impairments were associated with antisocial and disruptive behaviour; and (4) more severe ID and additional impairments were associated with anxiety, communication disturbance, social relating and self-absorbed behaviours. Conclusions: These results identify a range of risk factors associated with behavioural and emotional problems experienced by children with ID.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/r1
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 33010
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 23 Apr 2010 14:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 06:57
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33010

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