A case for inclusion

Guest Editors Chris Hatton, Richard Hastings and Arlene Vetere introduce a special feature on learning disabilities and mental health, initiated by the North West of England Branch.
PEOPLE with learning disabilities occupy relatively little space in the consciousness of the UK psychological community (Bender, 1993; Remington, 1998). One sign of this relative neglect is the lack of psychological research involving them. For example, of the 163 clinical psychology research papers published in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology between 1991 and 1995, only 5 (3 per cent) concerned people with general learning disabilities, compared to 21 (13 per cent) on those with psychosis, a condition affecting fewer individuals than learning disability.

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