ERIC Number: EJ904283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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What Characteristics Do Service Users with Intellectual Disability Value in Direct Support Staff within Residential Forensic Services?
Clarkson, Rachael; Murphy, Glynis H.; Coldwell, Jon B.; Dawson, David L.
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v34 n4 p283-289 Dec 2009
Background: This study explores the perceptions of a group of adults with intellectual disability regarding direct support staff. Method: Semi-structured interviews relating to experiences of direct support staff were developed from two focus groups. These interviews were conducted with 11 adults with intellectual disability residing within a forensic inpatient service. Results: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) revealed two superordinate themes; namely, staff relationship factors and positive and negative attributes of staff. The participants valued relationships with staff based on qualities such as honesty, trust, and a caring, nurturing manner that enabled individuals to feel safe. Staff characteristics such as immaturity, inexperience, and a short temper appeared to lead to feelings of discontentment amongst the participants. Conclusions: The implications of the findings are discussed in relation to clinical practice, staff recruitment, and training.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Social Services, Residential Programs, Caregivers, Interviews, Adults, Phenomenology, Interpersonal Relationship, Negative Attitudes, Ethics, Trust (Psychology), Altruism, Safety, Personality Traits, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions
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