Behavioural and emotional functioning of adolescents with mild intellectual disability: perspectives from home and school

Marsh, Nigel V., and Ng, Siau H. (2017) Behavioural and emotional functioning of adolescents with mild intellectual disability: perspectives from home and school. Journal of Psychology and Education, 12 (2). pp. 76-84.

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This study examined the frequency and severity of behavioural and emotional disturbances in adolescents with mild intellectual disability. The 50 adolescents, aged between 12 and 16 years, attended a special school in Singapore. Information on the adolescents functioning was obtained from their parent/primary carer and their class teacher, who both completed the relevant version of the Developmental Behaviour Checklist. The results showed that, in addition to difficulties related to their intellectual disability, 22% to 27% of students displayed significant behavioural and emotional disturbances. Disruptive/Antisocial behaviours were the most frequently reported problems. But communication disturbances were reported as being the most severe problems. Carers and teachers reported the same pattern in the relative frequencies of the different types of problems. However, primary carers consistently reported a higher frequency than teachers for all types of problems. Implications of these findings for the consistent management of the adolescents challenging behaviour are discussed.

Item ID: 58811
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1699-9517
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2017 Revista de Psicología y Educación, ISSN:1699-9517·e-ISSN:1989-9874 Edita: Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Psicólogos, España. Este es un artículo Open Access bajo la CC BY-NC-ND licencia (
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Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2019 22:41
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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