What characteristics do service users with ID value in direct support staff within residential forensic services?

Clarkson, Rachael and Murphy, Glynis H. and Coldwell, Jon B. and Dawson, David L. (2009) What characteristics do service users with ID value in direct support staff within residential forensic services? Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 34 (4). pp. 283-289. ISSN 1366-8250. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Background This study explores the perceptions of a group of adults with intellectual disability regarding direct support staff. Method Semi-structured interviews relating to experiences of direct support staff were developed from two focus groups. These interviews were conducted with 11 adults with intellectual disability residing within a forensic inpatient service. Results Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) revealed two superordinate themes; namely, staff relationship factors and positive and negative attributes of staff. The participants valued relationships with staff based on qualities such as honesty, trust, and a caring, nurturing manner that enabled individuals to feel safe. Staff characteristics such as immaturity, inexperience, and a short temper appeared to lead to feelings of discontentment amongst the participants. Conclusions The implications of the findings are discussed in relation to clinical practice, staff recruitment, and training.

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: 03 Dec 2012 11:10
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 13:09
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32254 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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