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Physical intervention in aggressive incidents with people with learning disabilities: The influence of cognitive and emotional variables.

Dagnan, David and Weston, C. (2006) Physical intervention in aggressive incidents with people with learning disabilities: The influence of cognitive and emotional variables. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 19 (2). pp. 219-222.

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Abstract

Background: This study examines the relationship between the topography of challenging behaviour, subsequent attributions and emotional responses, with whether carers use physical intervention and their satisfaction with their intervention. Method: Thirty-seven carers described incidents where a person with an intellectual disability had exhibited verbal or physical aggression. The carer rated attributions of controllability, internality, globality and stability, global evaluations of the person's behaviour and of the persons themselves, emotions of anger and sympathy, and satisfaction with their intervention. The topography of the aggressive behaviour (verbal or physical) and the topography of the intervention (physical intervention or non-physical intervention) were coded from accounts of the incident given by carers in the interview. Results: Attributions of control and internality were significantly associated with less satisfaction with intervention. People who presented with physical aggression were evaluated more negatively. However, only the topography of the behaviour (whether the incident was verbal or physical aggression) was associated with the use of physical intervention. Conclusions: This study did not find a relationship between cognitive-emotional variables and the topography of intervention. However, relationships between cognitive variables and satisfaction with intervention were observed. Implications for research and clinical work are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 3307
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2008 13:36
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 21:51
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3307

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