• Julie P. GentileEmail author
  • Allison E. Cowan


Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) are even more susceptible than other people to the development of a mental illness because they are typically more vulnerable to stress, have fewer coping skills, and possess a smaller system of natural supports. It has been shown that level of intelligence is not the sole indicator for appropriateness of psychotherapy and that mental health services can help to improve quality of life for individuals with ID. Special issues related to motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavior therapy, supportive psychotherapy, and group therapy are described with specific attention to special issues for the ID population and effective alterations are addressed.


Intellectual disability Developmental disability Psychotherapy Motivational interviewing Supportive therapy Cognitive behavior therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryWright State UniversityDaytonUSA

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