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Young people with learning disabilities living in state care: their emotional, behavioural and mental health status

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Taggart, Laurence, Cousins, Wendy and Milner, Sharon (2007) Young people with learning disabilities living in state care: their emotional, behavioural and mental health status. Child Care in Practice, 13 (4). pp. 401-416. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Young people with learning disabilities are significantly more at risk of developingmental health difficulties than their non-disabled peers, with prevalence rates of around40% commonly reported. Nevertheless, high levels of mental health problems also existamong young people living in state care. However, few studies have examined the mentalhealth of these young people with learning disabilities who also live away from home instate care. This paper examines the emotional, behavioural and mental health status of agroup of young people with and without learning disabilities residing in state care. Datawere collected from social worker reports and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaireon these two cohorts who were living in state care for a minimum of one year.The young people with learning disabilities had a higher prevalence of emotional andbehavioural problems and were also significantly more likely to score within theabnormal range of the Total Difficulties Score of the SDQ (77.1%) compared with theirnon-disabled peers (49.6%). There is a need for greater recognition of young people withlearning disabilities who live in state care in order to identify emotional, behavioural andmental health needs and to develop more appropriate and effective care plans/therapeutic interventions.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:6502
Deposited By:Dr Laurence Taggart
Deposited On:03 Feb 2010 15:59
Last Modified:23 Jul 2012 15:15

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