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Women with intellectual disabilities: risk and protective factors for psychiatric disorders.

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Taggart, Laurence, Millan, Roni and Lawson, Annette (2009) Women with intellectual disabilities: risk and protective factors for psychiatric disorders. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 13 (4). pp. 321-340. [Journal article]

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URL: http://jid.sagepub.com/content/vol13/issue4/

DOI: 10.1177/1744629509353239


Women without intellectual disabilities are more likelyto develop mental health problems as a result of physiologicalfunctioning and psychosocial risk factors. However, little is knownabout the mental health of women with intellectual disabilities.The aim of this study was to explore a small group of women’sperceptions of the risk and protective factors pertaining to theirmental health conditions.Twelve semi-structured interviews wereconducted in 2007 in Northern Ireland.Thematic content analysisidentified three risk factors and four protective/resilient factors.None of the women identified physiological functioning as a riskfactor. Results suggest that women with intellectual disabilitiesexperience psychosocial risk factors similar to those reported bywomen without intellectual disability. Additional risk factors placethem at higher risk of developing mental health problems.However, more research is required.Keywords intellectual disability; mental

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:6513
Deposited By:Dr Laurence Taggart
Deposited On:29 Jan 2010 13:56
Last Modified:23 Jul 2012 15:15

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