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The expression and assessment of emotions and internal states in individuals with severe or profound intellectual disabilities

Adams, Dawn and Christopher, Oliver (2011) The expression and assessment of emotions and internal states in individuals with severe or profound intellectual disabilities. Clinical Psychology Review.

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The expression of emotions and internal states by individuals with severe or profound intellectual disabilities is a comparatively under-researched area. Comprehensive or standardised methods of assessing or understanding the emotions and internal states within this population, whose ability to communicate is significantly compromised, do not exist. The literature base will be discussed and compared to that within the general population. Methods of assessing broader internal states, notably depression, anxiety, and pain within severe or profound intellectual disabilities are also addressed. Finally, this review will examine methods of assessing internal states within genetic syndromes, including hunger, social anxiety and happiness within Prader-Willi, Fragile-X and Angelman syndrome. This will then allow for the identification of robust methodologies used in assessing the expression of these internal states, some of which may be useful when considering how to assess emotions within individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2011 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Psychology
Department:School of Psychology
Keywords:intellectual disabilities, emotion, internal state, learning disabilities, behavioral phenotypes, hunger, pain
Subjects:BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham, University of Southamptom
Copyright Holders:Dawn Adams, Christopher Oliver
ID Code:1426
Refereed:YES
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