The prevalence of psychopathology in younger and older adults with severe and profound mental retardation was examined. Participants were evaluated by direct-care staff using the Diagnostic Assessment for the Severely Handicapped (DASH), which measures the frequency, duration, and severity of symptoms associated with 13 major psychiatric disorders derived from the DSM-III-R. The frequency of disorders was comparable for younger and older adults. Age group differences favoring the older adults were revealed in the analyses of duration and severity on 4 of the DASH subscales. Implications of these findings for research and practice were discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||American Journal on Mental Retardation|
|State||Published - Mar 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Health Professions(all)