Beliefs and emotional reactions of care staff working with people with challenging behaviour

J. Bromley, E. Emerson

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Information collected in the context of a survey of all people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour in a single metropolitan borough indicated: (1) care staff report that a significant proportion of their colleagues usually display such emotional reactions as sadness, despair, anger, annoyance, fear and disgust to episodes of challenging behaviour; (2) respondents reported that the most significant sources of stress associated with caring for someone with challenging behaviour centred upon the ‘daily grind’ of caring, their difficulty in understanding the person's behaviour, the unpredictability of the behaviour and the apparent absence of an effective way forward; (3) care staff attribute the causes of the person's challenging behaviour to a diversity of internal psychological, broad environmental, behavioural and medical factors. These results are discussed in relation to their implications for staff‐seeking and implementing external advice regarding the management of challenging behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-352
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1995
Externally publishedYes

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