Authors: Andrew Pridding and Janina Tomasoni, VIC
Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference
Subject: PERSONALITY DISORDER, INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY, OUTCOMES
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Personality Disorders are severe and disabling conditions causing significant distress as well as presenting considerable challenges for service providers and can have a significant negative impact on the individual’s ability to live in the community. Very little research has been conducted on personality disorders within the population of people with intellectual disability, despite suggestions that this population are at increased risk for these disorders, and there is a paucity of information on which to base clinical practice or service development. This study describes the demographic and clinical variables of 50 patients diagnosed with personality disorder by a specialist mental health service for people with intellectual disability in Victoria. It also compares health outcomes over a 3-month period using the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales. This group had high levels of chronic maladaptive behaviour and many had suffered psychosocial adversity in early life. Findings indicate significant short-term improvement in behaviour and social functioning.