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ERIC Number: EJ1035639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Restraint and Seclusion: The Perspective of Service Users and Staff Members
Mérineau-Côté, Julie; Morin, Diane
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v27 n5 p447-457 Sep 2014
Background: Restrictive measures may have important physical and psychological consequences on all persons involved. The current study examined how these are perceived by persons with intellectual disabilities and staff. Materials and Methods: Interviews were conducted with eight persons with intellectual disabilities who experienced a restrictive measure and their care providers. They were queried on their understanding of the restrictive measure, its impact on the relationship, their emotions and alternative interventions. Results: Restrictive measures were experienced negatively by persons with intellectual disabilities and their care providers. Service users reported feeling sad and angry, whereas staff mentioned feeling anxious. Moreover, persons with intellectual disabilities appeared to understand the goal of restrictive measures (e.g. ensuring their own and others' safety) and identified alternative interventions (e.g. speaking with a staff member or taking a walk). Conclusion: This study sheds further light on how persons with intellectual disabilities and staff experience the application of restrictive measures. Debriefing sessions with service users and staff may help minimize negative consequences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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