Psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities: comments on a Matrix of evidence for interventions in challenging behaviour
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research © 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd, MENCAP & IASSIDD
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Special Issue: Mental Health and Intellectual Disability: XXIXIII
Volume 58, Issue 2, pages 172–188, February 2014
How to Cite
Campbell, M., Robertson, A. and Jahoda, A. (2014), Psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities: comments on a Matrix of evidence for interventions in challenging behaviour. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58: 172–188. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01646.x
- Issue published online: 17 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 29 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 SEP 2012
- intellectual disabilities;
- psychological therapies
Psychological therapies with a proven efficacy in the general population are being adapted for use with people who have intellectual disabilities in community settings.
A systematic review of peer-reviewed literature published between 1980 and 2010 was carried out, to identify the evidence base for effective psychological interventions in challenging behaviour. Relevant databases were searched using applied key terms. Evidence was graded, according to the quality of the research. A best-evidence Matrix was produced to improve guidance for service providers and practitioners in the range, volume and quality of psychological interventions.
There is a limited amount of efficacy research that meets the most stringent standards of empirical evidence.
It is important to broaden the evidence base and consider the context of psychological interventions, alongside the values underpinning care and treatment.