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Title: Review of 'Mental Health of Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Framework for Professional Practice', edited by D. Dossetor, D. White, and L. Whatson: Melbourne, IP Communications, 2011, 456pp., $80.00 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-9808649-2-2
Contributor(s): Wark, Stuart  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1080/23297018.2016.1146996
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Abstract: Historically, many definitions of intellectual disability and mental health have featured similar criteria, and there has often been considerable overlap in attempting to distinguish between the two concepts. English philosopher John Locke (1689) tried to differentiate between individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illnesses by specifying: "in short herein seems to be the difference between Idiots and Madmen, that Madmen put wrong ideas together, and so make wrong propositions, but argue and reason right from them; but idiots make very few or no propositions and reason scarce at all." However, both this and many subsequent definitions fail to successfully address the distinction between these two concepts when both conditions exist concurrently. This is in spite of the fact that research has estimated that 30-40% of people with intellectual disabilities will also have a mental health issue at some point in their life (Einfeld et al., 2006). This book, edited by Dossetor, White, and Whatson, is an excellent resource that redresses the previous lack of a comprehensive guide regarding the mental health of young people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, or both.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 4(1), p. 105-106
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 2329-7026
Field of Research (FOR): 111703 Care for Disabled
111714 Mental Health
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
920410 Mental Health
920501 Child Health
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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