Adults

Intellectual disabilities, depressive episode, diagnostic criteria and Diagnostic Criteria for Psychiatric Disorders for Use with Adults with Learning Disabilities/Mental Retardation (DC-LD).

Background: Depressive episode is one of the most common types of psychiatric illness that occurs in adults with intellectual disabilities. Methods: A comprehensive literature search was undertaken using Medline, PsychLIT and hand-searching of key journals. This paper reviews the evidence and integrates findings, to report how evidence relates to the development of the new Diagnostic […]

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Exercise Research: Arthritis

A comparison of various therapeutic exercises on the functional status of patients with knee osteoarthritis. Huang MH, Lin YS, Yang RC, Lee CL. Department of Physical Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Taiwan. maohuang@ms24.hinet.net Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2003 Jun;32(6):398-406. Objective: To investigate the therapeutic effects of different muscle-strengthening exercises on the functional status of patients with […]

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Capacity to consent to sexual relationships in adults with learning disabilities.

People with learning disabilities used to be seen as asexual or promiscuous and were discouraged from expressing their sexuality. However, with the growth of the rights movement, attention has turned to the dilemma of how to both empower and protect people with learning disabilities in relation to their sexuality. A recent research project showed that, […]

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Capacity to consent to sexual relationships in adults with learning disabilities.

People with learning disabilities used to be seen as asexual or promiscuous and were discouraged from expressing their sexuality. However, with the growth of the rights movement, attention has turned to the dilemma of how to both empower and protect people with learning disabilities in relation to their sexuality. A recent research project showed that, […]

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Bridging the equity gap: health promotion for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Health is influenced by political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, behavioral and biological conditions—either positively or negatively. Health promotion aims to make these factors more favorable through health advocacy. Advocating for physical, mental, and social health requires that individuals with I/DD have opportunities to identify and realize their aspirations, develop the capacity to satisfy their needs, […]

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Disability, spiritual beliefs and the church: the experiences of adults with disabilities and family members.

AIMS: This paper reports the findings of a qualitative interpretive study that explored how people with disabilities and family members use their spiritual beliefs to establish meaning for disability, and to respond to the challenges of lived experience with disability. The participants’ perceptions of the evangelical Christian church’s influence on their spiritual experiences related to […]

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Determinants of exercise in adults with cerebral palsy.

This study examined the impact of environmental factors and caregiver attitudes on exercise participation in adults with cerebral palsy using a social-cognitive model. The sample included 83 adults with cerebral palsy (47.0% males and 53.0% females). Hierarchical regression analysis was conducted with exercise frequency as the dependent variable. Independent variables included personal characteristics of persons […]

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Risk and resilience for substance abuse among adolescents and adults with LD.

Substance abuse is a major problem affecting the health and well-being of many people in our society. Although anecdotal evidence concerning linkages between learning disabilities (LD) and substance abuse has been common, this association is not well documented or understood. This article reviews the current research on substance abuse for adolescents and adults with LD, […]

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Disability Policy Research: Health Promotion

Community-based persons with mental retardation: opportunities for health promotion. Ridenour N, Norton D. Graduate Nursing Program, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock 79430, USA. Nurse Pract Forum 1997 Jun;8(2):45-9 The public policy of supporting the mentally retarded in community-based, group home environments provides an exciting opportunity for nurses to develop health […]

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