Clinical management of individuals with Intellectual Disability: The outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic as experienced in a clinical and research center Research in Developmental Disabilities

Serafino Buono, Marinella Zingale, Santina Città, Vita Mongelli, Grazia Trubia, Giovanna Mascali, Paola Occhipinti, Enrica Pettinato, Raffaele Ferri, Catalda Gagliano, Donatella Greco

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Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oasi Research Institute of Troina (Italy) became an important hotbed for infection; in fact, 109 patients with different levels of Intellectual Disability (ID) tested positive for COVID-19. The procedures and interventions put in place at the Oasi Research Institute due to the COVID-19 pandemic are exhaustively reported in this paper. The description of the clinical procedures as well as remote/in person psychological support services provided to people with ID and their families are here divided into three different sections: Phase I (or Acute phase), Phase II (or Activity planning), and Phase III (or Activity consolidation). In each section, the main psycho-pathological characteristics of patients, the reactions of family members and the multidisciplinary interventions put in place are also described.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103856
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume110
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Clinical management
  • COVID-19
  • Intellectual disability
  • Psychological intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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