We referred in the introduction to this issue to the poverty of service support and impoverishment of quality of life which may stem from the development of seriously challenging behaviour. It is a reality for the people concerned. A glimpse of this reality is provided in the experiences and feelings of the 26 people followed up by Murphy et al. At least three-fifths recalled being detained under the Mental Health Act, being physically restrained, being secluded and the door where they lived being kept locked. The majority felt sad, angry or scared about all but the first. Instability in place of residence was also common. Such instability was also true of about a quarter of the former pupils of Beech Tree School. Greater instability was predicted by greater numbers and overall severity of challenging behaviour.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1996|