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ERIC Number: EJ1026991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 19
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ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
The Social Information Processing Model as a Framework for Explaining Frequent Aggression in Adults with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review of the Evidence
Larkin, Peter; Jahoda, Andrew; MacMahon, Ken
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v26 n5 p447-465 Sep 2013
Background: There is an established evidence base concerning the use of anger management interventions with violent offenders who have intellectual disabilities. However, there has been limited research investigating the role of social cognitive factors underpinning problems of aggression. Psychosocial sources of aggression in the non-disabled population are generally discussed using Social Information Processing (SIP) models. Method: A systematic review of the available evidence was carried out to establish whether SIP offers a useful explanatory model for understanding the contribution of social cognitive factors to problems of aggression presented by people with intellectual disabilities. Results and conclusions: Whilst research relating to the SIP model remains sparse for this population, there was evidence for different patterns of processing between aggressive and non-aggressive individuals. Group differences included interpretation of emotional cues, interpersonal attributions and beliefs about the outcomes of aggressive behaviour. The future direction of SIP research with people who have intellectual disabilities is discussed, along with the possibility of using this framework to help build on current initiatives to develop individually tailored interventions to work at a cognitive level with those who are aggressive and offend.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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