Understanding violence when the perpetrator has an intellectual disability: The perceptions of professionals

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Lovell, Andrew and Skellern, Joanne 2017. Understanding violence when the perpetrator has an intellectual disability: The perceptions of professionals. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. 23 (4), pp. 552-566. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629517747161
AuthorsLovell, Andrew and Skellern, Joanne
Abstract

The research sought to enhance professional understanding of the violence perpetrated by some people with an intellectual disability.
The violent behaviour exhibited by some people with intellectual disabilities remains poorly understood, particularly with regard to a clear and informative definition. A qualitative study investigated the views and perceptions of professionals working directly with people with an intellectual disability in different settings. Twenty-two semi-structured interviews were undertaken with professionals from a variety of backgrounds, and four themes were generated through data analysis. Themes produced comprised the degree of intellectual disability, impulsivity, intentionality and unpredictability. Findings indicated tension between understanding violence as purposeful and explaining it in relation to the intellectual disability and/or additional conditions. Intellectual disability is central to understanding the impact of the other three themes, though there is a professional reluctance to use such knowledge as evidence to inform practice.

Keywordsviolence, impulsivity, intentionality, unpredictability, professionals
Year2017
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Journal citation23 (4), pp. 552-566
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN1744-6295
1744-6309
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629517747161
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624671
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hdl:10545/624671
Publication dates18 Dec 2017
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Deposited06 Apr 2020, 11:32
Accepted2017
ContributorsUniversity of Chester and University of Derby
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