The Lancaster and Northgate Trauma Scales (LANTS): The development and psychometric properties of a measure of trauma for people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities

Wigham, Sarah, Hatton, Chris and Taylor, John (2011) The Lancaster and Northgate Trauma Scales (LANTS): The development and psychometric properties of a measure of trauma for people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32 (6). pp. 2651-2659. ISSN 0891-4222

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Abstract

People with intellectual disabilities are exposed to a high number of adverse life events, and evidence supports a link between the experience of adverse life events and trauma. Interventions for trauma have been found to be efficacious if case recognition can be facilitated. However to date there are no psychometrically validated measures of trauma for people with intellectual disabilities. This study describes the development of the Lancaster and Northgate Trauma Scales (LANTS), which comprise a self-report and an informant measure of the effects of traumatic life events on people with intellectual disabilities. The pool of items for the measures was created via a systematic review, and consultation with key stakeholders. 99 service users and 88 staff completed the LANTS measures during a pilot. The 29-item self-report LANTS and the 43-item informant LANTS were found to have good psychometric properties, including internal and test retest reliability, plus convergent and construct validity. The findings suggest the LANTS are promising trauma screening tools for use in clinical and research settings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trauma, assessment, life events
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2013 12:42
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 13:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10667

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