Measurement tools for mental health problems and mental well-being in people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities:a systematic review

Flynn, Samantha and Vereenooghe, Leen and Hastings, Richard P. and Adams, Dawn and Cooper, Sally-Ann and Gore, Nick and Hatton, Chris and Hood, Kerry and Jahoda, Andrew and Langdon, Peter E. and McNamara, Rachel and Oliver, Chris and Roy, Ashok and Totsika, Vasiliki and Waite, Jane (2017) Measurement tools for mental health problems and mental well-being in people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities:a systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review. ISSN 0272-7358

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Mental health problems affect people with intellectual disabilities (ID) at rates similar to or in excess of the non-ID population. People with severe ID are likely to have persistent mental health problems. In this systematic review (PROSPERO 2015:CRD42015024469), we identify and evaluate the methodological quality of available measures of mental health problems or well-being in individuals with severe or profound ID. Electronic searches of ten databases identified relevant publications. Two reviewers independently reviewed titles and abstracts of retrieved records (n = 41,232) and full-text articles (n = 573). Data were extracted and the quality of included papers was appraised. Thirty-two papers reporting on 12 measures were included. Nine measures addressed a broad spectrum of mental health problems, and were largely observational. One physiological measure of well-being was included. The Aberrant Behaviour Checklist, Diagnostic Assessment for the Severely Handicapped Scale-II and Mood, Interest and Pleasure Questionnaire are reliable measures in this population. However, the psychometric properties of six other measures were only considered within a single study – indicating a lack of research replication. Few mental health measures are available for people with severe or profound ID, particularly lacking are tools measuring well-being. Assessment methods that do not rely on proxy reports should be explored further.

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Clinical Psychology Review
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Clinical Psychology Review. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Clinical Psychology Review, ??, ?, 2017 DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2017.08.006
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