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Earle, Sarah; Ledger, Sue; Tilley, Elizabeth; Walmsley, Jan; Chapman, Rohhss; Townson, Lou – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2020
Background: Contraceptive use by women with learning disabilities differs from that of nondisabled women of a similar age. Women with learning disabilities start contraception earlier and often use it when they are not sexually active. Hence, there is a need to hear directly from these women about their experiences of contraceptive…
Descriptors: Females, Contraception, Intellectual Disability, Research
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Sawhney, Indermeet; Zia, Asif; Adams, Danielle; Gates, Bob – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2019
Background: It is well established that valproate, and its valproic acid, sodium valproate, and valproate semisodium forms is a highly teratogenic drug and evidence suggests that use in pregnancy leads to physical birth defects in 10% of children born compared with a background rate of 2% to 3%. Congenital malformations associated with valproate…
Descriptors: Females, Intellectual Disability, At Risk Persons, Pregnancy
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Reidy, Mary; Denieffe, Suzanne; Foran, Sinéad – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2018
Background: Internationally, it is known that there are gaps in cancer and screening awareness among women with intellectual disabilities. Little is known about this awareness among Irish women with intellectual disabilities. The aim of this study was to explore this awareness among these women. Materials and Methods: The study design incorporated…
Descriptors: Cancer, Screening Tests, Females, Intellectual Disability
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Lewis, Vicky; Rose, David – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2018
Background: The main assumption of narrative therapy is that people are the "experts" on their own lives. When working with people with a learning disability, it can often be the case that the client's voice is not the primary voice. This is due to the fact that others "hold" the story for the client. When the story is,…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Therapy, Personal Narratives, Case Studies
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Thomson, Michaela; Johnson, Paula – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2017
Background: This research aimed to capture the experiences of women with learning disabilities living in secure services who undertook dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT); they were the first people to do this in the trust. It is hoped their experiences may guide and inform other services undertaking the same process. Materials and Methods:…
Descriptors: Females, Learning Disabilities, Phenomenology, Behavior Modification
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Young, Hannah; Garrard, Brenda – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
Supporting bereaved people with profound learning disabilities still remains an under-researched area. Moreover, the barriers of communication and disenfranchised grief mean that they often do not receive the support they require, leading to emotional and behavioural difficulties. This article describes research using a case study design, which…
Descriptors: Grief, Learning Disabilities, Memory, Mnemonics
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Willis, Diane S. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
Background: Despite breast screening in Britain being free to all women within the allotted age range, uptake of this service is often poor in women with intellectual disabilities. Reasons put forward are numerous, including poor knowledge, pain and difficulty travelling to the centre. However, what influences the decision to attend is rarely…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Cancer, Screening Tests
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Randle-Phillips, Cathy; Farquhar, Sarah; Thomas, Sally – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
Background: This study describes how a specific narrative therapy approach called 'the tree of life' was adapted to run a group for women with learning disabilities. The group consisted of four participants and ran for five consecutive weeks. Materials and Methods: Participants each constructed a tree to represent their lives and presented their…
Descriptors: Females, Intellectual Disability, Program Effectiveness, Intervention
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Horn, Jaime Helena; Moss, Duncan – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2015
Research has identified the collective experiences of oppression, stigma and isolation in the lives of people with learning disabilities. Against the backdrop of social and cultural processes that shape and limit the life experiences of people with learning disabilities, the authors are interested in how the individual develops a sense of self and…
Descriptors: Experience, Individual Development, Females, Personal Narratives
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Cowdrey, Felicity A.; Walz, Linda – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2015
The evidence-base for exposure therapy in people with learning disabilities experiencing specific phobias is sparse. This case study describes the assessment, formulation and treatment of spider phobia in a woman with learning disabilities using an exposure-based intervention augmented with mindfulness practice and bereavement work. To evaluate…
Descriptors: Fear, Counseling Techniques, Mental Retardation, Case Studies
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Martean, Melissa Hannah; Dallos, Rudi; Stedmon, Jacqui; Moss, Duncan – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
With increasing longevity amongst people with learning disabilities, it is not surprising that prevalence and incidence rates of cancer are growing at a significant rate. Much of the research undertaken in the area of psycho-oncology has focused on the "general population", and over the last decade, there has been increasing interest in…
Descriptors: Cancer, Developmental Disabilities, Females, Personal Narratives
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Stuart, Simon; Graham, Christopher D.; Butler, Sarah – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
A substantial body of literature exists concerning the adaptation of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with learning disabilities. However, it is possible that cognitive approaches have been prioritised at the expense of behavioural techniques that are simpler and more effective. This case conceptualisation considers a behaviourally focused…
Descriptors: Females, Cognitive Restructuring, Behavior Modification, Mild Disabilities
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Boodle, Anna; Ellem, Kathy; Chenoweth, Lesley – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
People with an intellectual disability in prison can be at increased risk of victimisation, segregation and isolation (Mullen ). Prison systems usually have very few resources to cater to this group's particular needs, and many people may re-enter the community with little or no rehabilitation, poor social connections, poor mental health and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons, Mental Retardation
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Fitzgerald, Christina; Withers, Paul – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
There is very little literature concerning how women with intellectual disabilities conceptualise their sexuality or develop a sexual identity. Semi-structured interview schedules were used to guide interviews with 10 women with intellectual disabilities. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the interview transcripts. Many of the women could not…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Sexual Identity, Females, Mental Retardation
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Long, Clive G.; Krawczyk, Kirsten M.; Kenworthy, Nathalie E. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
Little research has been published on the need for sexual education for women in secure psychiatric facilities when patients present with a combination of learning disability, mental illness and personality disorder. The development of a brief, feasible, gender-speci?c sexual knowledge questionnaire is described, which has validity and reliability…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Evaluation Methods, Females, Institutionalized Persons
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