Self-injurious behaviour in people with a mental handicap: a total population survey

Oliver, C. and Murphy, Glynis H. and Corbett, John (1987) Self-injurious behaviour in people with a mental handicap: a total population survey. Journal of Mental Deficiency Research, 31 . pp. 147-162. ISSN 0022-264X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

A survey of self-injurious behaviour in people receiving services for mental handicap was carried out in one health region. Six hundred and sixteen adults and children were found to have engaged in self-injurious behaviour sufficient to have caused tissue damage in the previous 4 months and 596 of these were screened. Half were resident in hospital while 28% were in non-hospital residential care and the remainder (21%) were living at home. Nearly one-fifth (19%) showed self-injurious behaviour, of one or more types, at a rate of at least once per hour and a further 13% wore protective or restraining devices for all or part of the day or night. Only 2% were enrolled on formal psychological treatment programmes but nearly half were receiving psychotropic drugs (excluding anticonvulsants).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 11:35
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2014 11:06
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32119 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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