Measurement tools for mental health problems and mental well-being in people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities: a systematic review

Flynn, S. et al. (2017) Measurement tools for mental health problems and mental well-being in people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities: a systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 57, pp. 32-44. (doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2017.08.006) (PMID:28821007)

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Abstract

Mental health problems affect people with intellectual disabilities (ID) at rates similar to or in excess of the non-ID population. People with severe ID are likely to have persistent mental health problems. In this systematic review (PROSPERO 2015:CRD42015024469), we identify and evaluate the methodological quality of available measures of mental health problems or well-being in individuals with severe or profound ID. Electronic searches of ten databases identified relevant publications. Two reviewers independently reviewed titles and abstracts of retrieved records (n=41,232) and full-text articles (n=573). Data were extracted and the quality of included papers was appraised. Thirty-two papers reporting on 12 measures were included. Nine measures addressed a broad spectrum of mental health problems, and were largely observational. One physiological measure of well-being was included. The Aberrant Behavior Checklist, Diagnostic Assessment for the Severely Handicapped Scale-II and Mood, Interest and Pleasure Questionnaire are reliable measures in this population. However, the psychometric properties of six other measures were only considered within a single study - indicating a lack of research replication. Few mental health measures are available for people with severe or profound ID, particularly lacking are tools measuring well-being. Assessment methods that do not rely on proxy reports should be explored further.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Intellectual disabilities, measurement, mental health, mental illness, mental well-being, psychiatric disorder
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jahoda, Professor Andrew and Cooper, Professor Sally-Ann
Authors: Flynn, S., Vereenooghe, L., Hastings, R. P., Adams, D., Cooper, S.-A., Gore, N., Hatton, C., Hood, K., Jahoda, A., Langdon, P. E., McNamara, R., Oliver, C., Roy, A., Totsika, V., and Waite, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Clinical Psychology Review
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0272-7358
ISSN (Online):1873-7811
Published Online:11 August 2017

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