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The feasibility of psychomotor therapy in acute mental health services for adults with intellectual disability

Kay, Joshua J; Clegg, Jennifer A.; Emck, Claudia; Standen, Penny J.


Joshua J Kay

Jennifer A. Clegg

Claudia Emck

Penny J. Standen


Background. Psychomotor therapy enables people to reflect on the relationship between experiences and feelings by starting from awareness of bodily responses rather than from awareness of emotion. In this study we examine PsyMot (ID), an assessment that directs this psychological therapy.

Method. Twelve suitable consecutive admissions were recruited from a specialist intellectual disability (ID) assessment and treatment unit for adults. Video-recordings of PsyMot (ID) allowed assessment of interrater reliability (IRR). Treatment goals indicated by PsyMot (ID) were addressed using psychomotor therapy as part of a comprehensive program of interventions.

Results. Psychomotor therapy was both feasible and popular with patients who participated without any adverse effects. Nine patients completed PsyMot (ID). IRR of the treatment goals identified by all 3 raters was good to excellent in 81% cases, but there were discrepancies for individual items.

Conclusions. PsyMot (ID) and psychomotor therapy is feasible within this context, and enriched the clinical team's formulation. Further studies of reliability and efficacy should be undertaken.


Kay, J. J., Clegg, J. A., Emck, C., & Standen, P. J. (2016). The feasibility of psychomotor therapy in acute mental health services for adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 41(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 18, 2015
Online Publication Date Oct 18, 2015
Publication Date Mar 31, 2016
Deposit Date Mar 22, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 22, 2017
Journal Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Print ISSN 1366-8250
Electronic ISSN 1469-9532
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 1
Keywords intellectual disability, mental health, challenging behaviour, psychological therapy, psychomotor therapy, assessment
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability on 18/10/2015, available online:


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