Date of Award

1993

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Johnny L. Matson

Abstract

The present study was designed to extend the literature on assessing psychopathology in persons with mental retardation. The primary goal of the study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Diagnostic Assessment for the Severely Handicapped (DASH), focusing on reliability issues. A secondary goal was to examine the prevalence of psychopathology and behavior problems in the severely handicapped. Subjects included 658 institutionalized adults with severe or profound mental retardation. Adequate reliability of DASH items and subscales, with a few notable exceptions, was obtained. Prevalence rates of various behavior disorders and symptoms of mental illness are presented. Practical implications of these findings and directions for future research are discussed.

Pages

136

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