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Cross-sectional study
Young people with an intellectual disability experience poorer physical and mental health during transition to adulthood
  1. Carmela Salomon,
  2. Julian Trollor
  1. Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Julian Trollor, Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia; j.trollor{at}

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Commentary on: Young-Southward G, Rydzewska E, Philo C, et al. Physical and mental health of young people with and without intellectual disabilities: cross-sectional analysis of a whole country population. J Intellect Disabil Res 2017;61:984–93.

Implications for practice and research

  • Younger people with intellectual disability experience much poorer health and an increased risk of a mental health condition during transition to adulthood than those in the general population. This underscores their need for comprehensive healthcare and proactive mental illness detection and treatment during transition.

  • Longitudinal studies of health-related outcomes are needed for younger people with intellectual disabilities. Future research could explore the impact of preventative strategies such as targeted mental health initiatives on the emergence of mental health conditions in younger people with intellectual disability during transition.


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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.