Organizational and individual factors associated with breakdown of residential placements for people with intellectual disabilities

Broadhurst, Sarah J. and Mansell, Jim (2007) Organizational and individual factors associated with breakdown of residential placements for people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 51 (4). pp. 293-301. ISSN 0964-2633 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Background People with intellectual disabilities (IDs) whose behaviour challenges services are at increased risk of placement breakdown. Most previous research has tended to focus on the role of individual characteristics in predicting breakdown. A small number of studies have suggested that service variables may impact on intervention effectiveness and hence placement breakdown. Method This study used a non-experimental group comparison design to investigate potential differences between two groups of residential homes, one of which had experienced placement breakdown, and one of which had successfully maintained placements in the community. Results More residents in the breakdown group had inappropriate sexual behaviours but there were no other differences. Services in the breakdown group had more limited procedural guidance for staff, weaker training, supervision and team meetings and less external professional support. Conclusion Placement characteristics may be an important determinant of community placement success for people with IDs and challenging behaviour. Those selecting and funding residential placements for such people should attend to the technical competence of the placement (in terms of its use of procedural guidance, training and professional advice) and to the extent of support for staff (in terms of training, supervision and team meetings).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: challenging behaviour; intellectual disability; placement breakdown
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2008 12:57
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 15:14
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