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Access to services by children with intellectual disability and mental health problems: Population-based evidence from the UK

Toms, G. and Totsika, V. and Hastings, R. and Healey, H. (2015) Access to services by children with intellectual disability and mental health problems: Population-based evidence from the UK. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 40 (3). pp. 239-247. DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2015.1045460

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Abstract

Background Children with intellectual disability (ID) experience high levels of mental health problems that may require access to professional support. However, there is limited information about how frequently these children access services. Method A survey of mental health in children living in the United Kingdom (UK) by the Office of National Statistics in 2004 (N�=�7,977) was used to examine levels of service access. Children with ID and mental health problems were compared to children with mental health problems (without ID), children with ID and no mental health problems, and typically developing children. Results Children with ID and mental health problems accessed specialist mental health services at higher rates than children with only ID, but at similar rates to children who only have mental health problems. Conclusions Overall, low levels of service access highlight likely high unmet need among children with ID, mental health problems, and both conditions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Psychology
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2015 02:45
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:46
ISSN: 1366-8250
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5310
Identification Number: DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2015.1045460
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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