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Title: Exploring the experience of direct care staff working with adults with learning disabilities who have a diagnosed borderline personality disorder
Authors: Storey, Judith
Supervisors: Allan, Steve
Reader, Helen
Collis, Mary Ann
King, Susan
Award date: 2007
Presented at: University of Leicester
Abstract: Research that has attempted to explore the experiences of staff working with learning disabled adults who exhibit challenging behaviour has done so by looking at a number of issues including staff’s emotional reactions, causal beliefs, behaviour and organisational factors. These, and the possibility that some forms of challenging behaviour may well be manifestations of mental ill health, need to be taken into account in future research. The recognition that learning disabled people may develop mental ill health, including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) may enable them to access more appropriate psychological treatments. Direct care staff have a key role in the implementation of any treatment package for people who have a Learning Disability (LD) and who exhibit challenging behaviour. It is therefore important to clarify whether working with patients who have a LD and a diagnosed mental health problem generates unique experiences for direct care staff, and whether these experiences require professionals to provide unique forms of support to these staff.
Type: Thesis
Level: Doctoral
Qualification: PhD
Appears in Collections:Theses, School of Psychology
Leicester Theses

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