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A systematic review of community psychosocial group interventions for adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health conditions

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sarah WighamORCiD, Dr Simon Hackett


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© 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.Background: People with intellectual disabilities have a high risk of developing mental ill-health. Treatment is often neglected and diagnosis is misattributed to a person's disability. Standard psychosocial interventions can improve a person's well-being. This review aimed to understand what interventions are being delivered, any benefits, and future recommendations. Methods: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines were followed, and the review registered with PROSPERO—CRD42020160254. Databases searched included: MEDLINE, Embase, and PsycINFO. A framework synthesis approach was used to present the findings. Results: There are limited psychosocial interventions offered for this population. When groups are delivered having a creative element, multiple activities over a short period of time, with breaks and group rules can improve outcomes. Conclusions: Adaptations and reasonable adjustments should be used specifically to a person's ability. A mixed-method design allows people to share their experiences alongside quantitative data that provides clinical information.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bourne J, Harrison TL, Wigham S, Morison C-J, Hackett S

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities

Year: 2022

Volume: 35

Issue: 1

Pages: 3-23

Print publication date: 01/01/2022

Online publication date: 01/08/2021

Acceptance date: 07/06/2021

ISSN (print): 1360-2322

ISSN (electronic): 1468-3148

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Inc


DOI: 10.1111/jar.12919