Psychopathology of adolescents with an intellectual disability who present to general hospital services

Theodoratos, Oreste, McPherson, Lyn, Franklin, Catherine, Tonge, Bruce, Einfeld, Stewart, Lennox, Nicholas and Ware, Robert S. (2017) Psychopathology of adolescents with an intellectual disability who present to general hospital services. Australasian Psychiatry, 25 5: 481-485. doi:10.1177/1039856217706820

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Author Theodoratos, Oreste
McPherson, Lyn
Franklin, Catherine
Tonge, Bruce
Einfeld, Stewart
Lennox, Nicholas
Ware, Robert S.
Title Psychopathology of adolescents with an intellectual disability who present to general hospital services
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
1440-1665
Publication date 2017-04-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1039856217706820
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 25
Issue 5
Start page 481
End page 485
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Objective: Adolescents with intellectual disability have increased rates of psychopathology compared with their typically developing peers and present to hospital more frequently for ambulant conditions. The aim of this study is to describe the psychopathology and related characteristics of a sample of adolescents with intellectual disability who presented to general hospital services.
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Objective:
Adolescents with intellectual disability have increased rates of psychopathology compared with their typically developing peers and present to hospital more frequently for ambulant conditions. The aim of this study is to describe the psychopathology and related characteristics of a sample of adolescents with intellectual disability who presented to general hospital services.

Method:
We investigated a cohort of adolescents with intellectual disability in South East Queensland, Australia between January 2006 and June 2010. Demographic and clinical data were obtained via mailed questionnaires and from general practice notes. Psychopathology was measured with the Short Form of the Developmental Behaviour Checklist.

Results:
Of 98 individuals presenting to hospital, 71 (72.5%) had significant levels of psychopathology. Unknown aetiology for the intellectual disability was associated with presence of problem behaviours. Adolescents with more severe intellectual disability were more likely to have major problem behaviours. Co-morbid physical health issues were not associated with psychopathology. Only 12 (12.1%) adolescents had undergone specialized mental health intervention.

Conclusions:
The general hospital environment may offer opportunities for liaison psychiatry services to screen and provide management expertise for adolescent individuals with intellectual disability presenting for physical health issues.
Keyword Intellectual disability
Adolescents
Mental health
Hospitalization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID 401647
Institutional Status UQ

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