Professionals’ attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities who self-harm: A literature review

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Abstract

Background: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2013) Guidance on SelfHarm states that professionals supporting people who self-harm should demonstrate compassion, respect and dignity. This literature review examines the evidence for professionals’ attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities who self-harm.

Method: Four databases (PsychInfo,
IBSS, CINAHL and Medline) were systematically searched to find relevant research since 2000.

Results: Four studies met the criteria. Attitudes of professionals supporting people with intellectual disabilities are contrasted with those of professionals in settings focused on supporting people without intellectual disabilities. Professionals supporting people with intellectual disabilities tended to display attitudes and attributions reflective of biobehavioural and psychosocial theories
of self-harm, with a greater emphasis on relationships.

Conclusion: Much more research is needed which examines the attitudes of professionals supporting people with intellectual disabilities who self-harm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2021

Structured keywords

  • SPS Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies

Keywords

  • attitudes, NICE, self-harm, self-injurious behaviour

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