What is special about family relationships? Familial attributions and emotional responses to relatives who present with challenging behaviour & Clinical research portfolio

McMillan, Amy Jenefer (2013) What is special about family relationships? Familial attributions and emotional responses to relatives who present with challenging behaviour & Clinical research portfolio. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Background: The existing research on factors which influence carers’ responses to challenging behaviour has focussed on paid staff and has largely ignored the experiences of family carers. The aim of this study was to explore family carers’ interpersonal perceptions and responses to their relatives’ challenging behaviour. Method: Eight familial carers of adults with intellectual disabilities who engaged in frequent aggressive challenging behaviour were recruited. A semi-structured, interview was used to explore participants’ interpersonal perceptions and responses at the time of a recent incident of challenging behaviour. This was supplemented with a modified version of the Attributional Style Questionnaire and other rating scales. Results: Participants’ ratings on the quantitative measures did not match the responses they described experiencing during the interview. Findings from the interview suggest that the majority of participants experienced a range of emotions in response to incidents of challenging behaviour. A minority struggled to recall any emotional responses. Conflicting interpersonal appraisals were made by all participants and appear to have influenced both their emotional and behavioural responses to their relative’s behaviour. Conclusions: It appears that family caregivers’ responses to their relatives’ challenging behaviour were complex and, at times, contradictory. Their immediate emotional and behavioural responses during incidents of CB may have been influenced by their interpersonal perceptions made at the time of the incident and their underlying compassion for their relative. Implications for services and future research directions are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Interpersonal, family carer, intellectual disability, challenging behaviour, responses
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Jahoda, Dr. Andrew and MacMahon, Dr. Pamela
Date of Award: 2013
Depositing User: Miss Amy McMillan
Unique ID: glathesis:2013-4155
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2013 08:07
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2013 08:17
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/4155

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