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Pathways to Care of Individuals With Mild Intellectual Disability

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This study investigated whether clinical profiles in individuals with mild intellectual disability (MID) could be defined in terms of their histories (e.g., behavioral, socialenvironmental, educational, and service use characteristics). The clinical psychologists administered the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders to the (substitute) parents and analyzed the clinical records of individuals with MID. Four subtypes of individuals with MID with specific clinical profiles participated in this study. The results of this study, which used discriminant analysis of the individuals' histories, supported two discriminant functions. The first discriminant function differentiated clinical profiles largely based on developmental disorders from clinical profiles based on personality disorders. The second function differentiated clinical profiles based on personality disorders and externalizing behavioral problems from other clinical profiles. The characteristics in the histories of individuals with MID can be very different and need to be assessed for further understanding of their unique needs.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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