Mental health problems in adults with Down Syndrome and their association with life circumstances

Mallardo, Mariarosa, Cuskelly, Monica, White, Paul and Jobling, Anne (2014) Mental health problems in adults with Down Syndrome and their association with life circumstances. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 7 3: 229-245. doi:10.1080/19315864.2013.842622

Author Mallardo, Mariarosa
Cuskelly, Monica
White, Paul
Jobling, Anne
Title Mental health problems in adults with Down Syndrome and their association with life circumstances
Journal name Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1931-5872
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/19315864.2013.842622
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 229
End page 245
Total pages 17
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This study focused on current life circumstances, previous life events, and engagement with productive and enjoyable activities. It examined the association of these variables with mental health problems and mood in a cohort of young adults with Down syndrome. Participants were 49 adults with Down syndrome (age range 20-31 years) and their parents/carers. Adults with Down syndrome completed standardized language assessments, were screened for possible mental health disorders by a psychologist using the Mini Psychiatric Assessment Schedule for Adults with a Developmental Disability, and/or were seen by a psychiatrist with expertise in dual diagnosis. Parents/carers completed measures of adaptive behavior, life events, mood, participation in activities, and psychosocial engagement with these activities. Fifteen participants (30.6%) received a psychiatric diagnosis of a mental health disorder, of which 7 were diagnosed with Depression (14.3% of the sample). Analysis of differences between 3 groups-those without a diagnosis, those with a diagnosis of Depression, and those with a mental health disorder that was not Depression-identified few differences. Although groups did not differ on the participation measure, there was a significant difference between those with no diagnosis and those with a diagnosis of Depression with respect to psychological engagement. Depressed adults were less engaged in their daily activities. Copyright
Keyword Down syndrome
Mental health
Life events
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
School of Education Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 1 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 4 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Tue, 22 Jul 2014, 03:41:36 EST by System User on behalf of School of Education