The relationship between problem-solving ability and self-harm amongst people with mild intellectual disabilities

Joanna Rees, Peter E. Langdon

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Background: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between depression, hopelessness, problem-solving ability and self-harming behaviours amongst people with mild intellectual disabilities (IDs).

Methods: Thirty-six people with mild IDs (77.9% women, Mage = 31.77, SD = 10.73, MIQ = 62.65, SD = 5.74) who had a history of self-harm were recruited. Participants were asked to complete measures of depression, hopelessness and problem-solving ability.

Results: Cutting was most frequently observed, and depression was prevalent amongst the sample. There was a significant positive relationship between depression and hopelessness, while there was no significant relationship between self-harm and depression or hopelessness. Problem-solving ability explained 15% of the variance in self-harm scores.

Conclusions: Problem-solving ability appears to be associated with self-harming behaviours in people with mild IDs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-393
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number4
Early online date29 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

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