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Restrictive interventions for people with a disability exhibiting challenging behaviours : analysis of a population database

Webber, Lynne, McVilly, Keith and Chan, Jeffrey 2011, Restrictive interventions for people with a disability exhibiting challenging behaviours : analysis of a population database, Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 495-507, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2011.00635.x.

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Title Restrictive interventions for people with a disability exhibiting challenging behaviours : analysis of a population database
Author(s) Webber, Lynne
McVilly, Keith
Chan, Jeffrey
Journal name Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities
Volume number 24
Issue number 6
Start page 495
End page 507
Total pages 13
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 1360-2322
1468-3148
Keyword(s) challenging behaviour
human rights
intellectual disability
restraint
restrictive interventions
seclusion
Summary Background: People with an intellectual disability whose behaviours are perceived to be of serious harm to themselves or others are at risk of being subjected to restrictive interventions. Prevalence rates are difficult to determine, as most research is unable to draw on the results of population-level data.

Method: The current study reports on the use of chemical and mechanical restraint and seclusion in the State of Victoria, Australia, over a 12-month period.

Results: The majority of people included were subjected to chemical restraint. The use of restraint was found to be routine rather than a strategy of last resort. Consistent with findings in the UK and USA, those subjected to restrictive interventions were more likely to be young males with multiple disabilities, including autism.

Conclusions: Systemic policy and procedural developments are needed to address current use of restrictive interventions, together with a longitudinal study to evaluate the effectiveness, of alternative, non-restrictive strategies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2011.00635.x
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036079

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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