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Title: The learning disability knowledge questionnaire (LDKQ) and information manual : the development of a staff training tool for use with social care workers
Author: Kidd, Gillian R.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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Knowledge and understanding of the defining features and facts about a learning disability is often assumed among social care staff working with this client group but it is rarely investigated. The literature suggests that social care staff have a paucity of knowledge relating to the client group with which they work. At present there is no accepted objective measure of knowledge of a learning disability in social care staff. This study presents the Learning Disability Knowledge Questionnaire (LDQK) and accompanying information manual focusing on the pertinent facts and defining features relating to a learning disability. A 30-item questionnaire was developed and a trial of the questionnaire was completed by social care staff (n=90), working in residential and day care services for adults with a learning disability. The questionnaire was analysed for internal consistency reliability, test-retest reliability and sensitivity to identifying different levels of knowledge. A general population sample (n=35) with no experience of working with adults with a learning disability completed the questionnaire. A sample of social care staff (n=32) took part in the training session, completing the LDKQ before and after the presentation of the information manual and at one-month follow up. Levels of knowledge were compared. The results are discussed with reference to related literature and suggestions are made for further work.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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