It’s a matter of your personality more than anything else - The experiences of seasonal workers regarding challenging behaviour in children
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The impact on full-time carers of children with intellectual disabilities who exhibit challenging behaviour has been well researched (e.g. Lach et al., 2009; Shah et al., 2010; Wodehouse and McGill, 2009), however, there is to date no published research into the impact of behaviour that challenges on seasonal carers. Five participants who had been employed in summer playschemes for children and young people (up to the age of 18) were interviewed about their experiences of behaviour that challenges. The transcripts were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis, which revealed six superordinate themes: the belief in and sanctuary of temporary work, emotional impact, personality and gender, strength through knowledge, communication difficulties and the belief in integration. Seasonal workers discussed suppressing their emotions in order to stay in control of a challenging situation, using coping styles developed through experience or based on personal skills; it is suggested that formalized training, particularly regarding non-verbal communication, would support playscheme workers in the management of and adaption to challenging behaviour.
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities;
Etheridge, L. and Senior, H. (2016) '‘It’s a matter of your personality more than anything else’ The experiences of seasonal workers regarding challenging behaviour in children', Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 21 (1), pp. 40-52
This article has been published by Sage in Journal of Intellectual Disabilities - it is available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1744629516634587.The author's post-print is made available in this repository.
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