Print Email Facebook Twitter Mental health problems in children with intellectual disability: Use of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire Title Mental health problems in children with intellectual disability: Use of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire Author Kaptein, S. Jansen, D.E.M.C. Vogels, A.G.C. Reijneveld, S.A. TNO Kwaliteit van Leven Publication year 2008 Abstract Background: The assessment of mental health problems in children with intellectual disability (ID) mostly occurs by filling out long questionnaires that are not always validated for children without ID. The aim of this study is to assess the differences in mental health problems between children with ID and without ID, using a short questionnaire, the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). Methods: We studied 260 children (6-12 years) selected from special education schools for trainable children (response: 57%). Parents completed the extended Dutch version of the SDQ, questions on background characteristics and on the care provided. A non-ID control group of 707 children (response: 87%) was included to compare mental health problems. Results: In total, 60.9% of children with ID had an elevated score on the SDQ, compared with 9.8% of children without ID. Only 45% of the children with ID and an elevated SDQ score had visited a healthcare professional for these problems in the last 6months. Discussion: The SDQ or an adapted version could contribute to the early identification of mental health problems in children with ID. Further research is needed to confirm the validity of the SDQ when used in a sample of children with ID. © 2007 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Subject Healthy for LifeHealthHealthy LivingChildrenIntellectual disabilityMental health problemsStrengths and Difficulties Questionnairearticleattention deficit disorderchildchild healthchildhood diseaseconduct disordercontrolled studyearly diagnosisemotional disorderfemalehumanhyperactivityintellectual impairmentmajor clinical studymalemental diseasemental health carepsychiatric diagnosispsychologic testscoring systemspecial educationStrengths and Difficulties QuestionnairevalidityAdultChildComorbidityCross-Sectional StudiesFemaleHumansIntelligenceMaleMental DisordersMental RetardationNetherlandsPersonality AssessmentPsychometricsReproducibility of Results To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:15f391ec-13eb-4466-80b0-2885fd773d53 DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2007.00978.x TNO identifier 240645 ISSN 0964-2633 Source Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52 (2), 125-131 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.