The impact of abuse on men and women with severe learning disabilities and their families

O'Callaghan, Ali C. and Murphy, Glynis H. and Clare, Isabel C. H. (2003) The impact of abuse on men and women with severe learning disabilities and their families. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 31 (4). pp. 175-180. ISSN 1354-4187. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

So far, little systematic attention has been paid to the impact of abuse on men and women with severe learning disabilities. Using the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (American Psychiatric Association 1994) and questions about changes in skills and ‘challenging behaviours’, we interviewed parents to collect information about the effects of the abuse experienced by 18 people with severe learning disabilities. The consequences for the survivors were profound and long-lasting, and it was found that their parents and siblings were also deeply affected. Very limited formal support was offered to the men and women who had been abused, or to their families. The implications for assessments of the impact of abuse on people with severe learning disabilities and for service provision are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Abuse and intellectual disabilities; abuse and learning disabilities; abuse and vulnerable adults; post-traumatic stress disorder
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: 15 Nov 2012 12:52
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 15:42
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32168 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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