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Scott, Haleigh M.; Havercamp, Susan M. – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2018
Mental illness, and its assessment and treatment, is a concern for caregivers and professionals working with people with intellectual disability (ID), as well as a cause of distress and disability for people with ID. Research in this area is hindered by difficulties associated with recognizing symptoms of mental illness and tracking their changes.…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Mental Health, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Intellectual Disability
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Baker, Bruce L.; Blacher, Jan – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2015
Dual diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and behavior problems and/or mental disorders has become increasingly recognized and studied. Reported rates in samples of mixed-age youth with ASD are often above 70%, making this comorbidity more the rule than the exception. The present study compared rates of disruptive behavior disorder…
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Comparative Analysis
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Neal, Daniene; Matson, Johnny L.; Hattier, Megan A. – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2014
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Observation for Children (ASD-OC) is a 45-item observation scale used to assess autistic symptomatology. The reliability of this measure has been established in previous research; therefore, the purpose of this study is to evaluate its validity among a sample of children (1-15 years). The large correlation between the…
Descriptors: Test Validity, Observation, Children, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Hammond, Rachel K.; Hoffman, Jennifer M. – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2014
Adolescents with high-functioning autism (HFA) possess core social and pragmatic deficits, which interfere with normal relationship development. At a time when friendships are increasingly important, many adolescents with HFA realize they are different from their peers. Initial research has indicated that adolescence is the time when symptoms of…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Comorbidity
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Ng, Rowena; Lai, Philip; Levitin, Daniel J.; Bellugi, Ursula – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2013
Williams syndrome (WS) is a neurogenetic developmental disorder characterized by peaks and valleys of cognitive abilities. One peak that has been understudied is the affinity that many individuals with WS have with music. It remains unknown whether their high levels of musical interest, skill, and expressivity are related to their sociable…
Descriptors: Genetic Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Cognitive Ability
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Geier, David A.; Kern, Janet K.; Geier, Mark R. – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2013
The purpose of this study was to evaluate scores generated from the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC), a parent-rated measure, and those derived from professionally completed Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) evaluations. A cohort of 56 participants diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder was used for the study, and each child was…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Check Lists, Rating Scales, Evaluation Methods
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Matson, Johnny L.; Wilkins, Jonathan; Macken, Jennifer – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2009
Challenging behaviors were assessed in 313 children, and it was demonstrated that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) exhibited greater levels of challenging behavior than both normally developing controls and children with psychopathology or atypical development. Next, we examined the relation between challenging behaviors and symptoms…
Descriptors: Autism, Psychopathology, Severity (of Disability), Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Muller, Christoph M.; Nussbeck, Susanne – Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2008
This study investigated whether children with high-functioning autism/Asperger's syndrome have a different spontaneous processing style than typically developing children, that is, a style where they prefer details over meaning. Participants were 25 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and 25 typically developing children matched by age,…
Descriptors: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Children