Learning disability against itself: The self-injury/self-harm conundrum

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/76738
Title:
Learning disability against itself: The self-injury/self-harm conundrum
Authors:
Lovell, Andy
Abstract:
The article begins with a critical look at the existing literature explaining self-injury by people with significant learning disabilities and self-harm by those with mental health difficulties. It suggests that the different conceptualizations are perhaps less distinct than might initially appear, and that behavioural similarities between those with and those without learning disabilities might be greater than previously believed. The notion of 'career' is presented as a means of explaining the process by which people with learning disabilities engage in self-injury and subsequently integrate it into their lives. Data are subsequently presented from a number of life histories of people with learning disabilities to illustrate the development of self-injury over the life course. The findings of the research indicate that the development and consolidation of self-injury over time conforms to the expectations of a career and provides reason to question the contemporary separate categorization of the behaviour of people with significant learning disabilities. The evidence suggests that the relationship between self-injury and learning disability is best explicable in terms of its intelligibility, rational behaviour in the context of the individual's life.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2008, 36(2), pp. 109-121
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities
Issue Date:
Jun-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/76738
DOI:
10.1111/j.1468-3156.2007.00477
Additional Links:
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122501675/grouphome/home.html
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is the author's PDF version of an article published in British journal of learning disabilities© 2008. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
ISSN:
1354-4187; 1468-3156
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLovell, Andy-
dc.date.accessioned2009-08-07T14:48:10Z-
dc.date.available2009-08-07T14:48:10Z-
dc.date.issued2008-06-
dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2008, 36(2), pp. 109-121en
dc.identifier.issn1354-4187-
dc.identifier.issn1468-3156-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1468-3156.2007.00477-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/76738-
dc.descriptionThis is the author's PDF version of an article published in British journal of learning disabilities© 2008. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.comen
dc.description.abstractThe article begins with a critical look at the existing literature explaining self-injury by people with significant learning disabilities and self-harm by those with mental health difficulties. It suggests that the different conceptualizations are perhaps less distinct than might initially appear, and that behavioural similarities between those with and those without learning disabilities might be greater than previously believed. The notion of 'career' is presented as a means of explaining the process by which people with learning disabilities engage in self-injury and subsequently integrate it into their lives. Data are subsequently presented from a number of life histories of people with learning disabilities to illustrate the development of self-injury over the life course. The findings of the research indicate that the development and consolidation of self-injury over time conforms to the expectations of a career and provides reason to question the contemporary separate categorization of the behaviour of people with significant learning disabilities. The evidence suggests that the relationship between self-injury and learning disability is best explicable in terms of its intelligibility, rational behaviour in the context of the individual's life.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122501675/grouphome/home.htmlen
dc.subjectambivalenceen
dc.subjectcareeren
dc.subjectlife historyen
dc.subjectself-harmen
dc.subjectexpertiseen
dc.subjectself-injuryen
dc.titleLearning disability against itself: The self-injury/self-harm conundrumen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Learning Disabilitiesen
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