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Psychopathology in Williams Syndrome: the effect of individual differences across the life span

Dodd, H. F. and Porter, M. A. (2009) Psychopathology in Williams Syndrome: the effect of individual differences across the life span. Journal of mental health research in intellectual disabilities, 2 (2). pp. 89-109. ISSN 1931-5872

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Abstract/Summary

The present research aimed to comprehensively explore psychopathology in Williams syndrome (WS) across the lifespan and evaluate the relationship between psychopathology and age category (child or adult), gender and cognitive ability. The parents of 50 participants with WS, aged 6-50 years, were interviewed using the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children (K-SADS-PL). The prevalence of a wide range of Axis I DSM-IV disorders was assessed. In addition to high rates of anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (38% and 20% respectively), 14% of our sample met criteria for a depressive disorder and 42% of participants were not experiencing any significant psychopathological difficulties. There was some evidence for different patterns of psychopathology between children and adults with WS and between males and females. These relationships were largely in keeping with those found in the typically developing population, thus supporting the validity of applying theory and treatment approaches for psychopathology in the typically developing population to WS.

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Refereed:Yes
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Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Anxiety and Depression in Young People (AnDY)
ID Code:33956
Uncontrolled Keywords:Williams syndrome; anxiety; mental health
Additional Information:Special Issue: Psychiatric Disorders and Behavioral or Emotional Problems in Genetic Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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