Development and Validation of a Diagnostic Interview Schedule to Assess Psychopathology in Youth with Intellectual Disabilities

Clinical experience has documented that mental disorders commonly occur among individuals with intellectual disabilities. However, accurate estimates of the epidemiological parameters of mental illness among persons with intellectual disabilities are not available. There is, consequently, a need for validated instruments and procedures to address the potential biases inherent in the assessment of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
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This research will address these areas by developing an interview that assesses mental disorders among adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities (ages 14 to 21 years). This research will likely improve our knowledge regarding valid approaches to assessing mental disorders among adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities and aid clinical services that address the mental health needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

PROJECT PERIOD

8/1/16 - 5/31/20

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)