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Psychological and Emotional Health and Well‐Being of People with Intellectual Disabilities

Dave Dagnan (Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & Institute for Health Research, University of Lancaster)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 1 April 2008



It has been suggested that the emotional needs of people with intellectual disabilities have been neglected (Kroese, 1998). More recently there has been evidence of increased clinical and research activity in this area (Beail, 2003; Bouras & Holt, 2007; Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, 2004). Currently much of the focus in this area is on mental ill‐health. This article will consider briefly the literature on mental ill‐health, with particular emphasis on the development of individual treatment approaches. From this discussion it will be evident that much of the research and theory in this area focuses on deficits and disadvantage. I will go on to suggest that a clinical and research focus that explores strengths and resilience will offer a more positive agenda for developing understanding of emotional well‐being and mental ill‐health in people with intellectual disabilities.


Dagnan, D. (2008), "Psychological and Emotional Health and Well‐Being of People with Intellectual Disabilities", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 3-9.



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