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How do carers assess the severity of challenging behaviour? A total population study

Lowe, K. and Felce, David John 1995. How do carers assess the severity of challenging behaviour? A total population study. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 39 (2) , pp. 117-127. 10.1111/j.1365-2788.1995.tb00479.x

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The severity of management problems of 13 types of problem behaviour presented by a total population sample of people with learning disabilities, as reported by their primary carers on eight separate assessments over 5 years, was examined. Three types of residential setting were represented: hospitals, family homes and community houses. The results showed a remarkable consistency in carers' assessments of the severity of management problem posed to them. An association was found between the reported frequency of occurrence and the assessment of the severity of behaviours, with certain behaviours likely to be rated as severe regardless of the frequency with which they occurred. Differences between residential settings were found, with carers in family homes and community houses rating more behaviours as presenting severe management problems than carers in hospital. The results from this study and other studies which have examined the relative severity of different behaviour topographies are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 0964-2633
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 03:45

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