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The impact of abuse on men and women with severe learning disabilities and their families

O'Callaghan, Ali C., Murphy, Glynis and Clare, Isabel C.H. (2003) The impact of abuse on men and women with severe learning disabilities and their families British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 31, (4), pp. 175-180. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-3156.2003.00254.x).

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So far, little systematic attention has been paid to the impact of abuse on men and women with severe learning disabilities. Using the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (American Psychiatric Association 1994) and questions about changes in skills and ‘challenging behaviours’, we interviewed parents to collect information about the effects of the abuse experienced by 18 people with severe learning disabilities. The consequences for the survivors were profound and long-lasting, and it was found that their parents and siblings were also deeply affected. Very limited formal support was offered to the men and women who had been abused, or to their families. The implications for assessments of the impact of abuse on people with severe learning disabilities and for service provision are highlighted.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 27 November 2003
Published date: December 2003
Keywords: abuse and intellectual disabilities, abuse and learning disabilities, abuse and vulnerable adults, post-traumatic stress disorder
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 345121
ISSN: 1354-4187
PURE UUID: 7a87213a-eb8d-47b9-a73c-3c8cd440571c

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Date deposited: 08 Nov 2012 12:34
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:12

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Author: Glynis Murphy
Author: Isabel C.H. Clare

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