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  Psychopoathology - DASH-II  

The DASH-II is a measure of comorbid psychopathology in people with severe and profound Intellectual Disabilities. Parents/caretakers familiar with the individual rates each item. This 84-item measure consists of 13 subscales: Anxiety, Depression, Mania, PDD/Autism, Schizophrenia, Stereotypies, Self-Injury, Elimination, Eating, Sleeping, Sexual, Organic, and Impulse Control. Sample items include: 'Throws objects at people'; 'Has little appetite'; 'Collects or hoards objects'; and 'Engages in repetitive body movements, such as rocking, spinning, or handflapping.'


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