‘Developing cultures of respect in residential services for people with an intellectual disability’ is a research study being conducted by Professor Chris Bigby and Dr Patsie Frawley, from the Living with Disability Research Group at La Trobe University. This research is funded by the Disability Donations Trust through DHS.
Despite strong principles underpinning the disability service system, research and recent government reports show residents in group homes are not always treated with dignity and respect, and may experience serious incidents of abuse. This study will explore how staff, families and people with intellectual disabilities understand key principles of dignity and respect and how they are interpreted in group homes. It will also identify what is understood as abuse and neglect and how the ‘culture’ of group homes can support or prevent abuse. The findings will help to build cultures of respect in group homes, and develop strategies to change the social environments and interpersonal dynamics that have allowed abusive cultures to develop and be sustained.
Family members and staff who are directly associated with group homes, and people with an intellectual disability who live in group homes are invited to express their interest in participating in the research. Participation will involve a few hours of your time in an individual interview or in a small focus group. If you are interested please contact Patsie Frawley on 9479 3041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org who will provide you with more information. This study has been approved by the LaTrobe University Faculty of Health Sciences Ethics Committee.
Mail: La Trobe University, Plenty Rd, Bundoora, 3086
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