Orienting to affect in services for people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities: A UK-based investigation

Walton, Chris and Antaki, Charles and Finlay, W. M. L. (2020) Orienting to affect in services for people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities: A UK-based investigation. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. ISSN 1468-3148

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Abstract

Background: This study argues for displays of affect by people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities to be analysed in the course of everyday interactions with the people who support them. Method: Conversation analysis is applied to the affective displays of residents of a social care service for people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities to identify how such displays are taken up and form the basis for further action. Results: Three types of orientations to affect are identified: where the cause of the affect is unknown; where there is a proximal cause; and where the proximal cause is a prior action by a member of staff. Staff orient to affect as expressions of both feelings and cognitions, thereby providing the basis for self‐determination. Conclusions: Displays of affect are a communicative resource for those with severe or profound impairments and must be studied in situ if they are to inform policy and everyday practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: intellectual disabilities, affect, emotion, severe and profound intellectual disabilities, conversation analysis
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 09:31
Last Modified: 15 May 2020 10:04
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705112

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