Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 405–418 | Cite as

Chronicity of Challenging Behaviours in People with Severe Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism: A Total Population Sample

  • Glynis H. Murphy
  • Julie Beadle-Brown
  • Lorna Wing
  • Judy Gould
  • Amitta Shah
  • Nan Holmes

The skills, social impairments and challenging behaviours of a total population of 166 children, with severe intellectual disabilities and/or autism, were assessed through interview with the main carers, when the children were under 15 years old (time 1). Twelve years later, 141 of these individuals were re-assessed, using the same measures (time 2). “Abnormal” behaviours tended to reduce with age and were associated with poorer language skills and poorer quality of social interaction. Individuals with most abnormal behaviours at time 1, tended to have most at time 2. Abnormal behaviour at time 2 was predicted by the presence of abnormal behaviour at time 1, poor expressive language at time 1, poor quality of social interaction at time 1 and a diagnosis of autism/autistic continuum at time 1.


Challenging behaviour longitudinal chronicity intellectual disabilities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glynis H. Murphy
    • 1
    • 5
  • Julie Beadle-Brown
    • 1
  • Lorna Wing
    • 2
  • Judy Gould
    • 2
  • Amitta Shah
    • 3
  • Nan Holmes
    • 4
  1. 1.Tizard CentreUniversity of KentKent
  2. 2.National Autistic SocietyKent
  3. 3.Leading Edge PsychologyPurley
  4. 4.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of SurreySurrey
  5. 5.Professor of Clinical Psychology of Learing Disability, Institute for Health ResearchLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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