Dementia in Intellectual disability: effects of education, stress, approaches to dementia & challenging behaviour, incorporating recommendations

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Farrell, Laura Jane
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MSc in Applied Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Dementia in individuals with an intellectual disability is a recent phenomenon due to advancements in medical intervention enhancing the lifespan of this cohort. A mixed methods design (n=109) was employed to establish if there was a relationship between the variables dementia training, occupational stress, approaches to dementia and challenging behaviour in the quantitative component. Further recommendations of improvements to current service provisions were sought in a qualitative component (n=5). The majority of non-parametric tests conducted to test the hypotheses, were found to be not significant. A Chi-square test found significance in the training levels of those employed in this area. Spearman’s Rho test also found significance in role ambiguity and approaches to dementia care. Thematic analysis yielded recommendations for future service provision established across the dataset. Recommendations for future research to collect further demographic data and establish a normally distributed sample are discussed along with dissemination of the current study.