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Women with and without intellectual disability and psychiatric disorders: an examination of the literature.

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Taggart, Laurence, Millan, Roni and Lawson, Annette (2008) Women with and without intellectual disability and psychiatric disorders: an examination of the literature. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 12 (3). pp. 191-211. [Journal article]

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URL: http://jid.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/12/3/191

DOI: 10.1177⁄1744629508095323


This article examines the literature on women with andwithout intellectual disability and psychiatric disorders, using agender social model of health. Relevant empirical studies,international literature reviews and policies between 1980 and2007 were identified from electronic databases, journals andsecondary sources.Three areas were examined: psychiatricdisorders, their contextual background, and their clinicalpresentation.There are minimal levels of research into womenwith intellectual disability and psychiatric disorders. However, thisarticle hypothesizes that women with intellectual disability havehigher rates of psychiatric disorders than women without.Thismay result from greater vulnerability related both to internalfactors (‘intra’: cognitive deficits, poorer communication skills,limited social skills) and to the external world (‘inter’: lack ofopportunities, stigma, poor social support networks).The articleargues that such women require gender-sensitive mental healthservices. However, more empirical evidence is required to supportthis claim and to inform development and delivery of services.

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:6507
Deposited By:Dr Laurence Taggart
Deposited On:03 Feb 2010 15:02
Last Modified:23 Jul 2012 15:15

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