An Examination of the Knowledge and Understanding of Health and Social Care Staff about the Grieving Process in Individuals with a Learning Disability

Murray, George, McKenzie, Karen and Quigley, April (2000) An Examination of the Knowledge and Understanding of Health and Social Care Staff about the Grieving Process in Individuals with a Learning Disability. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 4 (1). pp. 77-90. ISSN 1744-6295

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/146900470000400106

Abstract

The present questionnaire based study examined the beliefs about and confidence in supporting bereaved individuals with a learning disability in health (n =35) and social care staff (n = 71). The study found that the knowledge of both health and social care staff about the grieving process in individuals with a learning disability was good, with staff recognizing the emotional and behavioural impact this could have on clients. No significant results were found in relation to knowledge about the grieving process in respect of occupational group, gender, experience of working in learning disability services or experience of supporting a client with a learning disability who had been bereaved. Significant results were found in relation to the confidence of staff in both providing support to people with a learning disability who were bereaved and in teaching people with a learning disability about death. Males, social care staff, those who had had experience of supporting a bereaved client and those who had had more experience of working in learning disability services rated themselves as significantly more confident in supporting bereaved people with a learning disability. In addition the two latter groups also rated themselves as significantly more confident in teaching individuals with a learning disability about death. The implications of the study are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bereavement, health care staff, social care staff, support
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Mckenzie
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2014 09:11
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:36
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18161

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