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Self-injury and people with learning disabilities. Bristol Crisis Service for Women and Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol 2006 – 2009 Funded by The Big Lottery Fund. The purpose of the research.

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Self injury and people with learning disabilities

Self-injury and people with learning disabilities

Bristol Crisis Service for Women

and

Norah Fry Research Centre,

University of Bristol

2006 – 2009

Funded by The Big Lottery Fund


The purpose of the research

The purpose of the research

  • To find out more about the experiences of people with learning disabilities who self-injure, and their carers/supporters

  • To explore in what ways they have been supported by the services and professionals with whom they are involved

  • To identify ideas, and then produce resources, for training and policy development.


How we are doing the research

How we are doing the research

  • Recruitment of people with learning disabilities who self-injure

  • Creative approach to ‘interviews’

  • Up to four ‘interview’ visits

  • Interviews with family members and/or professionals, with consent

  • Grounded theory analysis using MaxQDA


Why people with learning disabilities say they self injure

Why people with learning disabilities say they self-injure

1. As a way of coping with difficult feelings or particularly strong feelings

2. Being in circumstances that might make a person want to self-injure

3. Wanting to achieve something as a result of the self-injury

4. The lasting impact of past experiences

5. As a way of communicating


1 as a way of coping with difficult feelings or particularly strong feelings

1. As a way of coping with difficult feelings or particularly strong feelings

Feelings most frequently mentioned:

angry

frustrated

sad

stressed/wound up

confused

distressed

depressed

fed up

worried / anxious


2 being in circumstances that might make the person want to self injure

2. Being in circumstances that might make the person want to self-injure

Being bored

Too much going on

Being over-excited

Being bullied

Being involved in, or witnessing arguments

People talking down to the person with ld

Not being able to do what the person wants to

Being in a situation where the person feels they are not coping

When someone has hurt their feelings

When bad things happen to someone else

Not liking what was happening at the time


3 wanting to achieve something as a result of the self injury

3. Wanting to achieve something as a result of the self-injury

A release

To show how feeling underneath

To calm down

To blank everything out

To control others

Wanting someone to care for them/be nice to them

To avoid doing something

Wanting to sleep

Wanting to be noticed

Feeling at the time they wanted to kill themselves

To show someone else how much they’d hurt and upset them


4 the lasting impact of past experiences

4. The lasting impact of past experiences

  • Childhood issues:

    abuse

    neglect

  • Past issues regarding uncertainty:

    moving house,

    change of school,

    moving into new family

    parent dying

  • Major changes occurring in the present that bring back memories of difficult past experiences


5 as a way of communicating

5. As a way of communicating

  • When others don’t seem to be listening

  • When the person with learning disabilities has difficulty in communicating


Final comments

Final comments

  • We need to view self-injury as a complex and variable form of expression, and to understand its function and meaning from the point of view of the person concerned

  • People with learning disabilities are able to give insightful comments about their self-injury

  • The principles of choice, self-determination and ‘voice’ are vital


Contact details

Contact Details

  • Pauline Heslop, Senior Research Fellow

    Norah Fry Research Centre, 3 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TX

    [email protected]

    Tel: +44 (0) 117 33 10980

  • Lorna Henry, Research Associate

    Bristol Crisis Service for Women

    PO Box 654, Bristol, BS99 [email protected]

    Tel: +44 (0) 0117 33 10986

  • Sandra Dowling, Research Associate

    Norah Fry Research Centre, 3 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TX

    [email protected]


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