Trauma experiences of people with an intellectual disability and their implications: A scoping review

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Background: People with an intellectual disability are more vulnerable to psychological trauma compared to the general population. The aim of this scoping review is to identify the current status of the literature on trauma that is specific to the experiences of adults with an intellectual disability, living in community settings.

Methods: A scoping review was conducted using the Arksey and O’Malley (2005) framework. Forty-one international papers were reviewed spanning 2000-2020, and their quality assessed using the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool.

Findings: (1) aggressive behaviours can be symptoms of trauma, (2) there are appropriate assessment tools for the impact of trauma, (3) evidence-based interventions for trauma may be effective and, (4) that factors associated with disability can be experienced as traumatic .

Conclusion: There is a growing body of literature highlighting assessment needs and potential interventions for people with an intellectual disability who have experienced psychological trauma. Further research is needed to develop trauma informed pathways.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Early online date26 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • intellectual disability
  • trauma
  • trauma informed care
  • post traumatic stress disorder
  • trauma intervention

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Trauma experiences of people with an intellectual disability and their implications: A scoping review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this