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Observing the behaviour and interactions of adults with congenital deafblindness living in community residences

Prain, Meredith, McVilly, Keith, Ramcharan, Paul, Currie, Sally and Reece, John 2010, Observing the behaviour and interactions of adults with congenital deafblindness living in community residences, Journal of intellectual and developmental disability, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 82-91, doi: 10.3109/13668251003716417.

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Title Observing the behaviour and interactions of adults with congenital deafblindness living in community residences
Author(s) Prain, Meredith
McVilly, Keith
Ramcharan, Paul
Currie, Sally
Reece, John
Journal name Journal of intellectual and developmental disability
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Start page 82
End page 91
Total pages 9
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publication date 2010-06
ISSN 1366-8250
1469-9532
Keyword(s) congenital deafblindness
disability support workers
social interaction
Summary Background Adults with congenital deafblindness (CDB) have received little attention from researchers. In this study we examined the nature of interactions between adults with CDB and the staff who mediate their support, and investigated the reliability of an observation coding system, originally designed for observing adults with severe intellectual disability.

Method The behaviours of 9 adults with CDB, including their interactions with support staff from 2 community residences, were recorded and subsequently coded by 2 observers.

Results Interrater reliability, measured using Cohen's k, was variable across the coding system. Adults with CDB were predominantly observed to be disengaged, with few observations of engagement according to the coding schedule's definition of engagement. Interactions between the residents and support staff were rare.

Conclusion The introduction of interventions designed for staff to promote resident engagement in social interaction is recommended.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/13668251003716417
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Informa Healthcare
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035953

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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