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Contribution of socioeconomic position to health inequalities of British children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2007
<mark>Journal</mark>American Journal of Mental Retardation
Issue number2
Volume112
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)140-150
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We examined the contribution of socioeconomic position to the health and mental health status of children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities in a sample of 10,438 British children. Intellectual disability was a significant risk factor for poorer general health, OR = 4.5, emotional disorders, OR = 2.0, and conduct disorders, OR = 7.7. Between-group differences in socioeconomic position and household composition, however, accounted for 24% of the increased risk of poor health, 23% of the increased risk for conduct disorder, and 37% of the increased risk for emotional disorder. We concluded that socioeconomic disadvantage may account for a significant proportion of the increased risk for poorer health and mental health of children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities.