Understanding challenging behaviour : perspectives of children and adolescents with a moderate intellectual disability

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Title: Understanding challenging behaviour : perspectives of children and adolescents with a moderate intellectual disability
Authors: Byrne, Alison
Hennessy, Eilis
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2557
Date: Jul-2009
Abstract: Background: The present study examines understanding of challenging behaviour among a sample of children and adolescents with a moderate intellectual disability, and investigates their behavioural intentions towards peers with challenging behaviour. Methods: The study involved the collection of quantitative and qualitative data. In the quantitative part of the study participants (N=39) completed a modified Friendship Activity Scale following the presentation of vignettes depicting individuals with challenging and non-challenging behaviour. In the qualitative part of the study, participants (N=31) took part in a semi-structured interview that sought their views on the causes of the challenging behaviour described in one of the vignettes. Results: Analysis of the data from the Friendship Activity Scale indicates that participants have significantly more positive intentions towards a vignette character that does not engage in challenging behaviour. Content analysis of the qualitative data indicates that participants hold a variety of beliefs about the causes of challenging behaviour. Suggestions include that possibility that it is a response to transient emotional states and to external events. Conclusions: The findings are consistent with the findings of other studies on young people’s understanding of and attitudes towards peers with atypical behaviour. The theoretical and clinical implications for young people with intellectual disabilities are discussed.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright (published version): 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Keywords: Mental healthADHD/ADDConduct disorderDepressionChild developmentChildren's perspectivesIntellectual disabilityChallenging behaviourQualitative analysisBehavioural intentions
Subject LCSH: Children with disabilities--Attitudes
Behavior disorders in children
Psychology--Qualitative research
Child psychology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2008.00465.x
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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