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Psychiatric adjustment to leaving school in adolescents with intellectual disability: a pilot study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11737539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The negotiation of stressful life cycle transitions may contribute to the higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders amongst people with intellectual disability (ID). It is possible that leaving school at the age of 16 years might place particular psychological demands on adolescents, increasing the risk of psychiatric morbidity at a time when they are vulnerable as a result of losing the links with health services sustained through school attendance. The present pilot study was designed as a prospective cohort study to investigate whether there is an increase of psychiatric morbidity [rated with the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), and through semi-structured interviews with parents] in adolescents with ID at the time of their transition from school to adult education and services. Although there was a high frequency (eight out of 10 subjects) of reported emotional and behavioural problems prior to transition, there was no increase or decrease in psychiatric morbidity for the group as a whole during the 6 months after leaving school. However, there were marked individual differences in scores on the SDQ, which may be worth investigating in a larger study.
F Hepper; M E Garralda
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0964-2633     ISO Abbreviation:  J Intellect Disabil Res     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-12-12     Completed Date:  2002-01-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9206090     Medline TA:  J Intellect Disabil Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  521-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, St Mary's Hospital, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Education of Mentally Retarded
Follow-Up Studies
Great Britain
Learning Disorders / psychology*
Life Change Events*
Pilot Projects
Severity of Illness Index
Social Adjustment*

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