Why couldn’t I stop her?:self injury: the views of staff and clients in a medium secure unit

Duperouzel, Helen and Fish, Rebecca (2008) Why couldn’t I stop her?:self injury: the views of staff and clients in a medium secure unit. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 36 (1). pp. 59-65. ISSN 1354-4187

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Accessible summary • Clients and staff at a service called Calderstones talked to the authors about self injury. • Clients said that staff do not understand why they self-injure. Some clients feel punished when staff stop them self-injuring. All clients like talking to staff and said that telling their problems to staff helps them. Clients said that they should be allowed self-injure without staff being blamed. • Staff said they feel upset and worried when a client self-injures. They told the authors they would like more training about self-injury. Some staff would like clients to be allowed to self-injure, but don't want to be blamed for a client's injuries. Summary This paper is the synthesis of two pre-existing studies. It details the experiences of nine people with mild/moderate learning disabilities who self injure, and those who work with them. At the time of this study the participants were living and working in a medium secure unit at Calderstones NHS Trust in Lancashire. A phenomenological approach was used, and during in-depth interviews, the participants gave rich descriptions of their experiences of self injury. The descriptions that emerged from the interviews detailed four main themes: understanding, communication, control and blame.

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