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ERIC Number: EJ828662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
The Nature and Treatment of Compulsions, Obsessions, and Rituals in People with Developmental Disabilities
Matson, Johnny L.; Dempsey, Timothy
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v30 n3 p603-611 May-Jun 2009
Developmental disabilities such as intellectual disability and autism are often accompanied by special sets of behaviors which are major challenges for the person and those in their community. Among the most worrisome of these are compulsions, rituals and obsessions. Often these behaviors are left untreated; however, when intervention does occur it is often with pharmacotherapy. There are psychological treatments for these issues as well but a concerted focus to develop these procedures, unlike efforts in differential diagnosis, has not occurred. Additionally, no reviews of how best to treat these problematic behaviors have been published to date. The present paper reviews what is available with respect to these treatment approaches with an eye to what appears to be effective, what has been treated and what is yet to be explored from a research point of view.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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