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‘We just call them people’: positive regard as a dimension of culture in group homes for people with severe intellectual disability

Bigby, Christine, Knox, Marie, Beadle-Brown, Julie and Clement, Tim 2015, ‘We just call them people’: positive regard as a dimension of culture in group homes for people with severe intellectual disability, Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 283-295, doi: 10.1111/jar.12128.

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Title ‘We just call them people’: positive regard as a dimension of culture in group homes for people with severe intellectual disability
Author(s) Bigby, Christine
Knox, Marie
Beadle-Brown, Julie
Clement, Tim
Journal name Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities
Volume number 28
Issue number 4
Start page 283
End page 295
Total pages 13
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-07
ISSN 1360-2322
Summary BackgroundA dimension of the culture in group homes is staff regard for residents. In underperforming group homes, staff regard residents as being not ‘like us’ (Bigby, Knox, Beadle-Brown, Clement & Mansell, 2012). We hypothesized the opposite pole of this dimension, in higher performing group homes, would be that staff regard residents positively.MethodThree in-depth qualitative case studies were conducted in higher performing group homes using participant observation, interviews and document review.ResultsConsistent pattern of staff practices and talk, as well as artefacts, demonstrated staff had a positive regard for residents, who were seen as being ‘like us’. Explicit and continuing attention was given to sustaining positive regard for residents in everyday staff practices and to turning abstract values into concrete realities.ConclusionsThis positive cultural norm was established, operationalized and embedded through structures, such as a formal policy about language, and processes such as peer monitoring and practice leadership.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jar.12128
Field of Research 1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
1607 Social Work
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083220

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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