ERIC Number: EJ867582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Staffs' Knowledge and Perceptions of Working with Women with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health Problems
Taggart, L.; McMillan, R.; Lawson, A.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v54 n1 p90-100 Jan 2010
Aim: There is a growing evidence of the physical and mental health inequalities in people with intellectual disability (ID) although less has been written concerning the mental health of women with ID (International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities). This is compared with the substantive literature published within mainstream psychiatry on gender. The aim of this study was to explore a range of health and social care staffs' knowledge and perceptions of caring for women with ID who have mental health problems focusing upon risk and resilient/protective factors. Method: A qualitative methodology was used. Eight focus groups were conducted with hospital, community and residential staff across one region of the UK. The focus groups were audiotaped and the transcriptions were subjected to a thematic content analysis using Newell & Burnard's framework. Findings: Six inter-related risk factors were identified by the participants as potential causes for the women with ID to develop a mental illness and these were: having an ID and being female, unmet expectations, dysfunctional family upbringing, unstable relationships/loss of children, domestic violence and negative life experiences. Few of the participants acknowledged hormonal issues as a risk factor. Resilient/protective factors included being proactive, greater community participation, early recognition and mental health maintenance. Conclusion: These results are discussed in light of current developments and policy within mainstream psychiatric gender approaches. Greater recognition of a proactive health approach for both staff and women with an ID is recommended.
Descriptors: Family Violence, Females, Mental Retardation, Mental Disorders, Focus Groups, Community Involvement, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Risk, Content Analysis, Qualitative Research, Family Relationship, Expectation, Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Health Personnel, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Caregiver Attitudes, Caregiver Training
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom