Interacting with adults with congenital deafblindness : the experiences of disability support workers

Prain, Meredith, McVilly, Keith R. and Ramcharan, Paul 2012, Interacting with adults with congenital deafblindness : the experiences of disability support workers, Journal of intellectual and developmental disability, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 27-34.

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Title Interacting with adults with congenital deafblindness : the experiences of disability support workers
Author(s) Prain, Meredith
McVilly, Keith R.
Ramcharan, Paul
Journal name Journal of intellectual and developmental disability
Volume number 37
Issue number 1
Start page 27
End page 34
Total pages 8
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, U. K.
Publication date 2012-03
ISSN 1366-8250
1469-9532
Keyword(s) congenital deafblindness
disability support worker
interaction
profound intellectual and multiple disabilities
Summary Background This study aimed to gain greater insight into the perspectives of staff on their interactions with adults with congenital deafblindness in light of the research literature reporting these interactions to be lacking in quality and quantity.

Method Data from interviews with 8 disability support workers were analysed using the approach described by Charmaz (2006).

Results Three key themes emerged from the interview data, which support and elaborate on fi ndings of previous studies. These were (1) the construction of client happiness, (2) the rationalisation of client disengagement, and (3) imperatives of the staff role. These fi ndings elucidate the reasons for staff behaviour in their interactions with adults with congenital deafblindness.

Conclusion The fi ndings suggest the need for staff policy and procedural documents to be explicit about the importance of social interaction between staff and clients.
Language eng
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
Copyright notice ©2012, Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043013

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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