Journal article

The aetiology of intellectual disability in Western Australia: a community-based study.

D Wellesley, A Hockey, F Stanley

Dev Med Child Neurol | Published : 1991


A register of intellectual disability is being established to assess the level and aetiology of intellectual disability in all children born and/or living in Western Australia. 1602 children aged between six and 16 years were identified who had IQs less than 70. 40 per cent had a definite genetic basis, 20 per cent an environmental cause and 40 per cent were of unknown aetiology. The insult was prenatal in 61 per cent, 10 per cent had a possible perinatal cause, 8 per cent were postnatal and for 21 per cent the timing could not be assessed. Approximately 20 per cent had concomitant cerebral palsy and 13 per cent were epileptic. A disparity was found between rural and urban areas, the prevale..

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