Assessing psychopathology in individuals with developmental disabilities.

TitleAssessing psychopathology in individuals with developmental disabilities.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsRush KS, Bowman LG, Eidman SL, Toole LM, Mortenson BP
JournalBehavior modification
Volume28
Issue5
Pagination621-37
Date Published2004 Sep
Abstract

Individuals with developmental disabilities are at high risk for developing mental health problems. The prevalence of psychopathology is approximately 4 times higher than that found in the general population. Yet there is a tendency to underdiagnose psychiatric disorders in the developmentally delayed population because of diagnostic overshadowing, the lack of appropriate diagnostic criteria, and the paucity of appropriate assessment measures. Over the past decade, there has been an emergence of scales developed specifically to screen for psychopathology in individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition, advancements have been made in observation techniques, thus facilitating the ability to objectively observe behaviors often described as internal events. A description of a multimethod approach to assessing psychopathology in individuals with developmental disabilities is provided incorporating the recent advancements in the field, as well as suggestions for future research.

DOI10.3897/CompCytogen.v7i3.5500
Alternate JournalBehav Modif