Staff judgements of responsibility for the challenging behaviour of adults with intellectual disabilities.

Dagnan, David and Cairns, M. (2005) Staff judgements of responsibility for the challenging behaviour of adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 49 (1). pp. 95-101. ISSN 0964-2633

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Abstract

Background This study examines the importance of staff judgements of responsibility for challenging behaviour in predicting their emotional and intended helping responses. Methods Sixty-two carers completed questionnaires rating attributions of internality, stability and controllability, emotions of sympathy and anger, judgements of responsibility for the development of challenging behaviour and for its resolution and intended effort in helping in response to a scenario describing an aggressive behaviour. Results Results showed significant correlations between judgements of responsibility and attributions, emotions and intended effort in helping. Regression analysis showed that the best predictor of intended helping is the emotion of sympathy and that sympathy is best predicted by the attribution of internality, the judgement that people are not responsible for the development of challenging behaviour and the judgement that they are responsible for the resolution of the behaviour. Conclusions Judgements of responsibility predict emotional and intended behavioural responses of carers of people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. The results are discussed in relation to previous work on carer attributions in response to challenging behaviour. Implications for clinical work with carers are considered.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/r1
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ID Code: 3402
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2008 14:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2019 03:01
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3402

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