The impact of alleged abuse on behaviour in adults with severe intellectual disabilities

Murphy, G.H. and O'Callaghan, A.C. and Clare, I.C.H. (2007) The impact of alleged abuse on behaviour in adults with severe intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 51 (10). pp. 741-749. ISSN 0964-2633 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Background People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are particularly vulnerable to abuse, and most incidents come to light through victim disclosure. Those people with severe or profound ID are not able to describe what has happened to them. This project aimed to describe the consequences of abuse and changes in behaviour following alleged abuse in 18 adults with severe ID. Method Family members or other carers were interviewed to collect information about the alleged abuse. They were also asked about the person's adaptive and challenging behaviours at three time points: in the 3 months immediately prior to the abuse (time 1), in the 3 months immediately after the abuse (time 2) and in the 3 months prior to interview (time 3). Results A typical pattern emerged for both adaptive and challenging behaviours: there were few problems or difficulties at time 1, major difficulties at time 2 and some recovery by time 3. Conclusions Evidence is mounting that clinicians considering the sequelae of abuse for people with severe or profound ID need to consider changes in adaptive and challenging behaviours, as well as the typical symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: alleged abuse; challenging behaviour; PTSD; skills
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2008 08:09
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 15:46
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2653 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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