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Clinical psychologists' attitudes towards the biology and 'new genetics' of intellectual and developmental disabilities: a pilot study using Q-methodology

Hare, Dougal J., Vahey, C., Walker, S. and Wittkowski, A. 2016. Clinical psychologists' attitudes towards the biology and 'new genetics' of intellectual and developmental disabilities: a pilot study using Q-methodology. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 60 (11) , pp. 1054-1065. 10.1111/jir.12261

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Abstract

Background The current study investigated how ideas and models from the ‘New Genetics’ and associated fields of developmental neuroscience and behavioural phenotypes are perceived by clinical psychologists working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). As well as examining the take-up and influence of such ideas, it also examines barriers, both personal and institutional, to the widespread adoption of such concepts and research findings in services for people with IDD. Methods A Q-methodology study was undertaken with 31 qualified and 16 trainee clinical psychologists in the North West of England using a specifically developed 81-item Q set. Results Three factors were identified and labelled Integration of social and medical models, Social model of disability is more helpful and Genetic advances in conflict with recognising the value of people with IDD. Conclusion There was a lack of consensus in clinical psychologists working with people with IDD, with amount and type of professional experience affecting the factor loadings, which may need to be considered in developing clinical applications of genetic IDD research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 0964-2633
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 22 January 2016
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 01:24
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/102775

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