An investigation of staff attitudes towards challenging behaviour in intellectually disabled offenders: exploring the influence of staff characteristics and behavioural attributions

Rooney, Donna Louise (2010) An investigation of staff attitudes towards challenging behaviour in intellectually disabled offenders: exploring the influence of staff characteristics and behavioural attributions. DClinPsy thesis, University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

Background: There is little research on staff attitudes towards Intellectually Disabled (ID) offenders, particularly their attitudes towards challenging behaviour. Past research from ID and offender populations indicate that staff characteristics such as age, gender, experience, training and qualification may influence the attributions staff make about challenging behaviour. Additionally both staff characteristics and attributions may influence staffs‟ emotional reactions.
Method: 91 staff working with ID offenders completed questionnaires measuring staff demographic characteristics, attributional styles (Challenging Behaviour Attribution Scale, Hastings 1997b) and emotional reactions towards challenging behaviour (Mitchell & Hastings, 1998).
Results: A number of demographic factors correlated with attribution styles. Gender, qualification and attributional style were all correlated with the negativity of attitudes held. However, these alone cannot account for the total variance within staff attitudes.
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Conclusions: A number of staff groups are vulnerable to negative emotional reactions and require support in working with challenging behaviour. There are also implications for training and service provision.

Additional Information:Submitted in part fulfilment of the requirements for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Keywords:Offenders, Intellectual disability, Staff, Attitudes, Attributions
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:17466
Deposited On:29 May 2015 15:07

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