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ERIC Number: EJ835706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Exploring the Meaning of Trauma with Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Mitchell, Anna; Clegg, Jennifer; Furniss, Frederick
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v19 n2 p131-142 Jun 2006
Background: Previous research investigating post-traumatic stress disorder assumed that adults with intellectual disabilities would react to trauma in the same way as those in the non-disabled population. This study explored the personal experience of trauma in a small group of adults with intellectual disabilities. Methods: Semi-structured interviews, developed from a pilot study involving focus groups, were used to interview six adults with mild intellectual disabilities from a clinical population, about their experiences of trauma. The transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). A quantitative measure, the Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale [PDS; Foa et al. (1997) "Psychological Assessment" vol. 9, pp. 445-451] was used in conjunction with the individual interviews. Results: One theme, whether individuals perceived the world to be a dangerous or a safe place, connected the five themes that emerged from the data. The themes were identified as: (i) how the trauma affected me, (ii) I avoid things that remind me of the trauma, (iii) I am prepared for danger in the future, (iv) the tension of talking or not talking and (v) the struggle of who to blame. Conclusions: The results were related to previous theoretical frameworks and the methodological limitations of the research acknowledged. The clinical implications of the findings for disclosure, assessment and therapeutic intervention were discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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