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Social climate and aggression in IDD services

Joanne Emma Robinson (Forensic Psychological Services, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Stafford, UK) (Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)
Leam Craig (Forensic Psychology Practice Ltd, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, UK) (Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK) (School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK)

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour

ISSN: 2050-8824

Article publication date: 6 February 2019

Issue publication date: 10 May 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to adapt a social climate measure for use within a forensic intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) service and examine perceptions of social climate and the links with patient aggression across three levels of security.

Design/methodology/approach

Four staff participated in a focus group to discuss how the Essen Climate Evaluation Schema (EssenCES) could be adapted for IDD patients. Subsequently, a pilot study with three patients highlighted some difficulties in administering the adapted measure. Alterations in the administration of the measure were implemented with a further ten patients residing across three levels of security. The EssenCES was adapted to include more visual prompts to assist in the patients’ completion of the measure. The frequency of aggressive incidents in each of the three settings was also collated.

Findings

Statistical analysis revealed a non-significant trend where positive social climate ratings increased as the security level decreased. There was a significant difference in the frequency of aggressive incidents across the three levels of security; however, there were no significant relationships found between the questionnaire ratings and the frequency of incidents.

Research limitations/implications

The results lacked statistical power due to the low number of participants. Further studies with adapted social climate measures need to be conducted to assess the implications of social climate on individuals with IDD in secure forensic services.

Originality/value

The study adapted and piloted a social climate measure for individuals in a forensic IDD service.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank all the patients and staff who participated in the study, without whom the research would not have been possible. The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this paper. The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship and/or publication of this article.

Citation

Robinson, J.E. and Craig, L. (2019), "Social climate and aggression in IDD services", Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 8-18. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIDOB-11-2018-0013

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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