Services for people with mild intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour: Service-user views

Murphy, Glynis H. and Estien, D. and Clare, Isabel C. H. (1996) Services for people with mild intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour: Service-user views. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 9 (3). pp. 256-283. ISSN 1360-2322. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Twenty-six people with mild intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour, who had all been service-users at a specialist, hospital-based unit, were interviewed after they had left the service for an average of four and a half years, about their current quality of life and their memories of the service. On the whole, people were still living in the community though many had had a large number of placement moves (and some had returned to hospital or prison). The service-user's overall quality of life in their current placement was as good as that of the general population in the less restrictive environments but fell increasingly short of this standard as the placements became more restrictive. Even in the best placements people's social relationships appeared impaired when compared to the general population. With respect to their memories of the specialist service, it appeared that, despite the time period, service-users had a clear memory of the service, appreciated many aspects of it (such as the help staff provided, the therapy and education), were divided about some aspects (such as having to be in hospital, being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, taking medication) and had very strongly negative feelings about aspects of the care which directly restricted their liberty (such as the locking of the front door, the use of restraint and seclusion). It is argued that there may be a need to re-think services for service-users with challenging behaviour and mild intellectual disabilities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: F.D. Zabet
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2009 16:27
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 09:30
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