Predicting the persistence of severe self-injurious behaviour.

Emerson, Eric and Kiernan, Chris and Alborz, Alison and Reeves, David and Mason, Heidi and Swarbrick, Rebecca and Mason, Linda and Hatton, Chris (2001) Predicting the persistence of severe self-injurious behaviour. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 22 (1). pp. 67-75. ISSN 0891-4222

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Information was collected on 95 people with mental retardation who had been identified seven years previously as showing severe self-injurious behavior. At follow up 71% of participants were still showing self-injurious behavior of a severity which presented a management problem for care staff. The occurrence of specific topographies of self-injury was extremely stable among the group showing persistent self-injury. Finally, self-injury status at follow-up was predicted with 76% accuracy by a logistic regression model containing three variables: site of injury (higher persistence being shown by people exhibiting head directed self-injury); reported (greater) stability of self-injury when first identified; and (younger) age.

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Research in Developmental Disabilities
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