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Using positive behavioural support as a treatment for trauma symptoms with a man with intellectual disabilities

Langdon, Peter E., Dalton, Daniel, Brolly, Kate, Temple, Philip, Thomas, Clare, Webster, Tara (2017) Using positive behavioural support as a treatment for trauma symptoms with a man with intellectual disabilities. International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, 7 (1). pp. 31-37. ISSN 2047-0924.

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Abstract

Background. There is robust evidence that psychological therapies are an effective treatment for trauma-related symptoms, including post-traumatic stress disorder. However, there are relatively few studies involving people with intellectual disabilities, and no studies drawing on positive behavioural support as the mechanism for the delivery of treatment. Method and materials. This study was a descriptive case report of a young man with intellectual disabilities who had a history of early trauma. His challenging behaviour was associated with demand avoidance. A positive behavioural support plan, incorporating psychological therapies and medication, was developed, implemented and is described. Results. Over time, challenging behaviours reduced and were eventually extinguished. This was associated with an increase in engagement in a variety of activities and a reduction in trauma-related symptoms. Discussion. Using positive behaviour support plans as the organisational framework for the adaptation and delivery of both psychological therapies and medication for complex cases is advantageous. Excellent team working is necessary to ensure that interventions are successful.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Peter Langdon
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 15:40 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61687 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Langdon, Peter E.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7745-1825
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