Types and causes of injuries of carers of adults with intellectual disabilities: observational study

Finlayson, J., Jackson, A., Mantry, D., Morrison, J. and Cooper, S.-A. (2015) Types and causes of injuries of carers of adults with intellectual disabilities: observational study. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, (doi:10.1111/jppi.12109)

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Abstract

The aim of this research was to investigate the incidence, types, and causes of injury experienced by a community-based cohort of family and paid carers of adults with ID (n = 446) in Scotland over a 12-month period, compared with the age and sex-matched general population in the same geographical area (n = 1,225). We hypothesized that they would be at an increased risk of injury due to their caring/support role, and particularly as a consequence of caring for adults with ID who present physical aggression. Young and middle-aged female and older-aged male carers experienced more injuries in the previous 12 months than did the matched general population, but not significantly so. Contrary to our hypothesis, young and middle-aged male and older female carers experienced fewer injuries, but this was also not significant. Carers were significantly less likely to experience injury from the use of a tool, implement or equipment (p = .045), and, contrary to our expectations, the carers were not more likely to experience injury from another person's physical aggression (p = .065). Types and causes differed between the carers and the general population. Injuries occur commonly among carers of adults with ID. While carers were not more likely to experience harmful injury from another person's physical aggression, we speculate that the underlying causes of injury are likely to differ between carers and the general population, with the carers being injured due to their carer role. This requires further in-depth study.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Finlayson, Miss Janet and Cooper, Professor Sally-Ann and Jackson, Dr Alison and Morrison, Professor Jillian
Authors: Finlayson, J., Jackson, A., Mantry, D., Morrison, J., and Cooper, S.-A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN:1741-1122
ISSN (Online):1741-1130

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