Differences between staff groups in perception of risk assessment and risk management of inappropriate sexual behaviour in patients with traumatic brain injury

Holland, M. and Norman, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-3317-8545, 2018. Differences between staff groups in perception of risk assessment and risk management of inappropriate sexual behaviour in patients with traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. ISSN 0960-2011

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Abstract

This research explored staff perceptions of risk assessment and management of inappropriate sexual behaviour (ISB) displayed in patients following a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The primary focus was to determine differences in perceptions between qualified (N=40) and direct care staff (N=47). Vignettes depicting ISB displayed by a male following a TBI were rated. The vignettes varied in behaviour (intimate versus non-contact) and age of the victim (child versus adult). Ratings for causal explanations (poor management, attention seeking, negative emotion and education), attributions (need for action and increase awareness) and emotions were analysed alongside risk assessment and management variables. Intimate contact ISB and ISB directed towards a child were perceived to be more serious and in need of intervention. Direct care staff perceived ISB to be due to sexual motivations, poor emotion control and to seek attention. They elicited greater negative emotions and based their judgements of risk on seriousness. On the other hand, qualified staff were more concerned about implementing interventions based on the risk of recurrence. Differences between staff groups could cause conflict regarding the assessment and management of ISB in TBI. Training to increase awareness of the behaviour could minimise differences and produce greater cohesion within clinical practice.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Creators: Holland, M. and Norman, C.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 25 June 2018
ISSN: 0960-2011
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/09602011.2018.1488745DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 12 Jul 2018 09:48
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2018 09:48
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34061

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