Self-injurious behaviour in people with intellectual disability

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Self-injurious behaviour occurs in between 4 and 10% of those who have intellectual disability. An emerging literature demonstrates comorbidity between self-injury and stereotyped and compulsive behaviours and some genetically determined syndromes. Although there is evidence for the efficacy of both psychopharmacology and applied behaviour analytic approaches these are rarely combined in research strategies or intervention studies.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-489
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychiatry
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • autism spectrum disorder, self-injurious behaviour, pharmacology, behavioural intervention, behavioural phenotypes