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ERIC Number: EJ867581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0964-2633
Staff Attributions about Challenging Behaviours of People with Intellectual Disabilities and Transactional Stress Process: A Qualitative Study
Cudre-Mauroux, A.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v54 n1 p26-39 Jan 2010
Background: Staff explanations about challenging behaviours of people with intellectual disabilities are purported to play a significant role in the way they respond to them. Despite attempts made in research to understand the mechanisms of causality, a lack of association between attributions, emotions and behaviours is reported. This study investigates these relationships within a broader framework including attributions in the transactional stress model of Lazarus and Folkman. Method: A qualitative design has been selected; semi-structured interview format was used in order to investigate implication of attributions in stress regarding Weiner's model of helping behaviour. A case study method has been adopted to allow consideration of ecological data, a case study representing a special encounter with a challenging behaviour. Categorical analysis was conducted. Results: The results suggest three main issues. First, it appears that Weiner's model is too restrictive in order to explain the complexity of contextualised encounters. Second, a need to differentiate types of attributions within a temporal perspective is highlighted. Finally, consideration of the coping role of attributions is suggested. Conclusions: A need to extend the research concerning attribution is suggested. The insertion of research into ecological contexts and the introduction of coping concept regarding staff attributions of challenging behaviours would allow a broader view of the role of attributions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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