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Title: Psychological correlates of well-being in direct care staff in services for children with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour
Author: Jenkins, Kate
ISNI:       0000 0004 2677 5488
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2009
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Working with people with learning disabilities can be stressful for direct care staff; as many as one-third of staff members in adult services experience stress levels indicative of a mental health problem. In addition to adverse effects on staff mental and physical health, staff stress can impact on the delivery and quality of services for people with learning disabilities. Challenging behaviour is recognised as a significant source of staff stress. Both adults and children with learning disabilities may display challenging behaviours including self-injury and physical aggression, the severity and frequency of which can be extremely distressing for staff exposed to them on a daily basis. This thesis explored psychological mechanisms which may explain how challenging behaviour impacts on the well-being of care staff. Chapter One reviews the evidence for the roles of negative emotional reactions to challenging behaviour and the psychological resources of care staff in the development of stress and burnout. Chapter Two investigates whether experiential avoidance, thought suppression and mindfulness, which has been found to be significant predictors of mental health outcomes outside of the learning disabilities field, provides a psychological mechanism for understanding the relationship between negative emotional reactions to challenging behaviour and staff well-being.
Supervisor: Remington, Robert Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RJ101 Child Health. Child health services