Self-injurious behavior in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: An interdisciplinary family systems review

Caroline L. Roberts, Frank Symons

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Abstract

This conceptual review paper takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of self-injury in families. The overall goal is to begin integrating siloed bodies of knowledge from empirical work based on findings from individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities and self-injury. The research literature on self-injury and family-level variables is reviewed, including dyadic and individual-level variables with potential bidirectional impact on the family. Then, opportunities for knowledge translation are explored with respect to the pragmatic goal of developing family-level interventions for self-injurious behavior in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Four opportunities for knowledge translation are highlighted: family patterns, parenting behavior, attachment relationships, and emotional experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Family Theory and Review
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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© 2023 The Authors. Journal of Family Theory & Review published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of National Council for Family Relations.

Keywords

  • disability-related studies
  • families and psychopathology
  • families with children who have disabilities
  • family and mental illness
  • family systems theory
  • interdisciplinary
  • mental retardation/developmental disabilities
  • self-injurious behavior
  • special needs children

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