Persistence and change in the challenging and problem behaviours of a group of 34 young adults with learning disability who were living in their family homes are described. Parents were interviewed in 1988 and again in 1993. The data suggest that challenging and problem behaviours were highly persistent: 83% of people who were injuring parents in 1988 were still injuring in 1993. Corresponding persistence levels for other behaviours were: destructive behaviour, 70%; self-injury, 75%; night disturbance, 96%; problems with supervision, 73%. The data show a significant decline in the occurrence and frequency of self-injury. Levels of challenging and problem behaviour were related to mobility, self-help skills, and receptive and expressive language, suggesting that level and persistence were higher in people with poorer skills. Eighty-eight percent of parents said that they had received no professional advice on the management of their son's or daughter's challenging or problem behaviour in the five-year period.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
- learning disabilities, challenging behaviour