Psychopathology in older adults with severe and profound mental retardation

Katie E. Cherry, Johnny L. Matson, Theodosia R. Paclawskyj

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-458
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Volume101
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Health Professions(all)

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