The assessment of emotional distress experienced by people with mild intellectual disabilities: a study of different methodologies

Bramston, Paul and Fogarty, Gerard J. (2000) The assessment of emotional distress experienced by people with mild intellectual disabilities: a study of different methodologies. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 21 (6). pp. 487-500. ISSN 0891-4222

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Abstract

The assessment of emotional disorders such as anger, depression and stress among people with an intellectual disability has traditionally used one of three methodologies: ratings by a significant other, a clinical interview or self-report. Despite the widespread use of all three methodologies, there is little research into their equivalence. This paper assesses the convergence among these three approaches for 147 people with a mild or moderate intellectual disability across the affective domains of anger, depression and stress. The results showed the overlap among the three methods to be consistently low, although limited convergence was found between self-report and clinical interview. Ratings by work supervisors discriminated least clearly between anger, depression and stress while self-report was the most discriminating between these three overlapping but conceptually distinct states. Suggestions are made for ongoing research into the methodologies of assessing affective states among people with an intellectual disability.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:32
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2014 07:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: mild, intellectual disability, intellectually disabled, disabilities, handicapped, assessment, emotional disorders, anger, depression, stress
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/952

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