Behaviour profile of Hungarian adolescent outpatients with a dual diagnosis

Elek Dinya, Janos Csorba, Agota Suli, Zsofia Grosz

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The behaviour dimensions of 244 Hungarian adolescent psychiatric outpatients with a dual diagnosis (intellectual disability and psychiatric diagnosis) were examined by means of the adapted version of the Behaviour Problem Inventory (BPI, Rojahn, Matson, Lott, Esbensen, & Smalls, 2001). Four IQ subgroups were created: borderline, mild, moderate and profound ID subsamples. Significantly higher means were found in the self-injury/stereotyped behaviour/summarized scale categories both in the frequency and severity of symptoms in the more disabled groups against the samples having milder IQ impairment. Adolescents with a dual diagnosis showed much higher BPI scale means than an adult residential ID sample. ADHD and emotional disorders were the most frequent psychiatric diagnostic comorbidities of ID (20.67% and 11.73%). Academic achievement disorder, depression and psychosis had low occurrences (3.35, 2.23 and 1.17%, respectively) but showed convergency with other authors' data. The comorbid emotional disorders may create challenges for the care of the mildly intellectually disabled group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1574-1580
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in developmental disabilities
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2012



  • 4 IQ subgroups
  • Adolescent participants
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Profiles of behaviour problem inventory (BPI)
  • Statistics of comorbid psychiatric disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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