ERIC Number: EJ927742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Behavioural and Emotional Problems in People with Severe and Profound Intellectual Disability
Forster, S.; Gray, K. M.; Taffe, J.; Einfeld, S. L.; Tonge, B. J.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v55 n2 p190-198 Feb 2011
Background: People with severe and profound levels of intellectual disability (ID) are frequently examined as a single group in research. However, these two groups may be significantly different, particularly in the area of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Method: The Developmental Behaviour Checklist (DBC) was completed by parents and caregivers of 107 people with severe ID and 22 people with profound ID at four time periods across 12 years. Regression analyses were used to examine trends in sub-scale scores across time and groups. Results: Significant differences between the groups of people with severe and profound ID were found. People with profound ID had significantly lower scores across all sub-scales except "Social Relating." This was usually related to fewer items being selected as present for people with profound ID, as opposed to the scores being attributable to lower item severity scores. Conclusions: There are significant differences between groups of people with severe and profound ID in scores on the DBC, indicating differences in behavioural and emotional problems. Caution should be exercised by researchers treating these two disparate groups as a single group, and by practitioners translating such findings into practice.
Descriptors: Emotional Problems, Mental Retardation, Caregivers, Behavior Problems, Severe Mental Retardation, Check Lists, Regression (Statistics), Scores, Severity (of Disability), Mental Health
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Developmental Behavior Checklist