Adults with intellectual disabilities: prevalence, incidence and remission of aggressive behaviour and related factors

Sally-Ann Cooper, Elita Smiley, Alison Jackson, Janet Finlayson, Linda Allan, Dipali Mantry, Jillian Morrison

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Abstract Introduction Aggressive behaviours can be disabling for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID), with negative consequences for the adult, their family and paid carers. It is surprising how little research has been conducted into the epidemiology of these needs, given the impact they can have. This study investigates point prevalence, 2-year incidence and 2-year remission rates for aggressive behaviour (physically aggressive, destructive and verbally aggressive), and it investigates which factors are independently associated with aggressive behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-232
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009



  • intellectual disabilities
  • aggression
  • challenging behaviour

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