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Comparison of Behavioral and Sexual Problems between Intellectually Disabled and Normal Adolescent Boys during Puberty in Yazd, Iran

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Leila Akrami 1 , * , Maryam Davudi 2

1 . • Corresponding author: Leila Akrami, Department of Psychology of Exceptional Children, School of Psychological and Educational Sciences, University of Isfahan, Hezarjarib Avenue, Isfahan, Iran

2 Department of Psychological and Educational, Islamic Azad University, Abarkooh Branch, Yazd, Iran

How to Cite: Akrami L, Davudi M. Comparison of Behavioral and Sexual Problems between Intellectually Disabled and Normal Adolescent Boys during Puberty in Yazd, Iran, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2014 ; 8(2):68-74.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 8 (2); 68-74
Published Online: June 30, 2014
Article Type: Original Article
Received: August 18, 2014
Revised: December 07, 2013
Accepted: April 12, 2014

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Abstract

Objective: To compare sexual and behavioral puberty problems between intellectually disabled (ID) and normal boys in Yazd, Iran.

Methods: In the present study, 65 intellectually disabled and 65 normal boys were included. The Child Behavior Check List (CBCL) was used to investigate behavioral problems. In order to study sexual problems, a questionnaire that was designed by the researchers was applie.

Results: Anxiety, depression, social problems, attention problems, aggressiveness, and sexual problems were more frequent in intellectually disabled boys than in normal boys. On the other hand, regarding somatic complaints, withdrawal, thought problems, internalizing, delinquent behavior, and externalizing there was no difference between the two groups.

Conclusion: Behavioral and sexual problems are more common in adolescent boys with intellectual disability (ID) than in normal boys during the puberty period. Therefore, puberty is an important period for intellectually disabled boys and their families; this should be taken into consideration by psychologists and clinicians.

Declaration of interest: None.

Citation: Akrami L, Davudi M. Comparison of behavioral and sexual problems between intellectually disabled and normal adolescent boys during puberty in Yazd, Iran. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 2014; 8(2): 68-74.

Keywords

Adolescence Behavioral and Sexual Problems Intellectual Disability Puberty

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