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Behaviour disturbance and mental handicap: typology and longitudinal trends

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 July 2009

Ivan Leudar*
Affiliation:
Psychology Laboratory, St Andrews University, St Andrews, Gogarburn Hospital, Edinburgh
W. I. Fraser
Affiliation:
Psychology Laboratory, St Andrews University, St Andrews, Gogarburn Hospital, Edinburgh
M. A. Jeeves
Affiliation:
Psychology Laboratory, St Andrews University, St Andrews, Gogarburn Hospital, Edinburgh
*
1Address for correspondence: Dr I. Leudar, Psychology Laboratory, St Andrews University, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JU.

Synopsis

Behaviour disturbance was investigated in mentally handicapped adults who were living in hospital or at home. The first part of the study describes an empirically derived typology of disturbed behaviour patterns and gives the details of a scale by means of which behaviour disturbance can be quantified along six dimensions: aggression, mood disturbance, communicativeness, antisocial conduct, idiosyncratic mannerisms, and self-injury. The second part of the study used the scale in a longitudinal study of behavioural disturbance. Different forms of disturbed behaviour exhibited different kinds of longitudinal stability, and the long-term changes in one aspect of disturbance depended on subjects' other disturbance scores.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1984

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