Individual and organisational factors associated with the use of seclusion in disability services

Webber, Lynne S., Richardson, Ben and Lambrick, Frank 2014, Individual and organisational factors associated with the use of seclusion in disability services, Journal of intellectual and developmental disability, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 315-322, doi: 10.3109/13668250.2014.937326.

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Title Individual and organisational factors associated with the use of seclusion in disability services
Author(s) Webber, Lynne S.
Richardson, BenORCID iD for Richardson, Ben
Lambrick, Frank
Journal name Journal of intellectual and developmental disability
Volume number 39
Issue number 4
Start page 315
End page 322
Total pages 8
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1366-8250
Keyword(s) autism
client risk factors
organisational risk factors
restrictive interventions
Summary Background: Seclusion is a restrictive intervention that results in some form of containment and social isolation of a person from others. Little is known about the relationships between individual and organisation factors and the use of seclusion in disability services. Method: The reported use of seclusion in disability services in Victoria, Australia, was examined over a 3-year period, with a focus on the characteristics of those who were secluded (n = 146) and the characteristics of organisations that reported seclusion compared to others who were reported to be restrained but not secluded (n = 2,482). Results: Results from a logistic regression showed that the individual factors of age, the presence of autism and/or a psychiatric disorder put people at risk of being secluded. In terms of organisational factors, receiving accommodation services in institutions or in the community and the location of the organisation were risk factors. Conclusions: The findings are consistent with previous research but add to this literature by showing that certain organisational characteristics are also risk factors for seclusion. Understanding these factors is important in order to help disability support staff find other more ethical and appropriate alternatives to seclusion.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/13668250.2014.937326
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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