Severe Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviours

Designing high quality services

  • Eric Emerson
  • Peter McGill
  • Jim Mansell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Nature of the Challenge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eric Emerson, David Felce, Peter McGill, Jim Mansell
      Pages 3-16
    3. Hazel Qureshi
      Pages 17-36
    4. Glynis Murphy
      Pages 37-68
    5. Jim Mansell, Peter McGill, Eric Emerson
      Pages 69-93
  3. Service Options

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. David Allen
      Pages 157-178
  4. Determinants of Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Eric Emerson, Richard Hastings, Peter McGill
      Pages 209-231
    3. Peter McGill, Sandy Toogood
      Pages 232-259
    4. Jim Mansell, Heather Hughes, Peter McGill
      Pages 260-281
    5. Martin Knapp, Jim Mansell
      Pages 282-296
    6. Jim Mansell
      Pages 297-313
  5. Afterword

    1. Eric Emerson, Peter McGill, Jim Mansell
      Pages 314-315
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 317-325

About this book


This is a timely book. The question of how to help people with challenging behaviour -and how to design and manage services so that staff, families and users feel that what should be done is being done - is at the top of the agenda. Failure to deal com­ petently with the issue results in disaffection, poor quality ser­ vices and a less than optimal quality of life for service users. Moreover, the credibility of services for all people with learning disabilities is intimately connected with how we cope with chal­ lenging behaviour, a point made recently by a Department of Health Working Group chaired by Jim Mansell (Department of Health, 1993). The book is welcome because it draws together what is known about the important questions from a British perspective, although, of course, most of the underlying issues have world­ wide relevance. The contributors, while all having a good deal of experience and authority, do not put forward simple portrayals of the problems, nor glib solutions, and this is one of the book's major strengths. Clarity in the field of challenging behaviour is sometimes elu­ sive. What is presented here forces the reader to confront argu­ ments in a rational and logical fashion.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Emerson
    • 1
  • Peter McGill
    • 2
  • Jim Mansell
    • 2
  1. 1.Hester Adrian Research CentreUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Centre for the Applied Psychology of Social CareUniversity of Kent at CanterburyCanterbury, KentUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-56593-130-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2961-7
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