Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
LUNSKY, Yona. The impact of stress and social support on the mental health of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2008, vol.50, suppl.2, pp. s151-s153. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342008000800007.
People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are at increased risk for mental health problems than the general population. The reasons for this are both biological and social. Current treatment for mental health problems tends to be reactive in nature with less emphasis on how mental health problems can be prevented. A better understanding of the social contributors to mental health in individuals with ID should lead to the prevention of mental health problems in this particularly vulnerable population. Two promising areas of research when thinking about mental health promotion and ID are stress and social support, which are reviewed here.
Keywords : social support; stress; intellectual disability.