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Collaborative case report: participatory action research into using EQUIP to support community discharge

Collaborative case report: participatory action research into using EQUIP to support community... PurposeThere is a need to evaluate an adapted Equipping Youth to help One Another (EQUIP) programme for people with intellectual disabilities and forensic needs. The purpose of this paper is to explore a service user’s experience of completing the intervention as part of their transition into the community.Design/methodology/approachA collaborative case report was used. Following hospital discharge and completion of the adapted EQUIP programme, one service user with mild intellectual disability was supported to share their treatment experiences using participatory action research.FindingsFindings suggest that while the adapted community EQUIP group can support skills acquisition (e.g. problem-solving), discharge processes and community reintegration, professionals need to maintain a person-centred approach mindful of participants’ complex emotional journeys.Research limitations/implicationsThe design allows for tentative conclusions to be made about the service user’s journey and is not necessarily generalisable.Practical implicationsThere is a pressing need to develop the evidence base for interventions offered in the community to people with intellectual disabilities and a history of offending. This report provides some evidence that EQUIP can be adapted to support this population.Originality/valueThis is the first coproduced publication exploring the experience of a service user with intellectual disability who completed an adapted EQUIP programme. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour Emerald Publishing

Collaborative case report: participatory action research into using EQUIP to support community discharge

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2050-8824
DOI
10.1108/JIDOB-05-2019-0010
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Abstract

PurposeThere is a need to evaluate an adapted Equipping Youth to help One Another (EQUIP) programme for people with intellectual disabilities and forensic needs. The purpose of this paper is to explore a service user’s experience of completing the intervention as part of their transition into the community.Design/methodology/approachA collaborative case report was used. Following hospital discharge and completion of the adapted EQUIP programme, one service user with mild intellectual disability was supported to share their treatment experiences using participatory action research.FindingsFindings suggest that while the adapted community EQUIP group can support skills acquisition (e.g. problem-solving), discharge processes and community reintegration, professionals need to maintain a person-centred approach mindful of participants’ complex emotional journeys.Research limitations/implicationsThe design allows for tentative conclusions to be made about the service user’s journey and is not necessarily generalisable.Practical implicationsThere is a pressing need to develop the evidence base for interventions offered in the community to people with intellectual disabilities and a history of offending. This report provides some evidence that EQUIP can be adapted to support this population.Originality/valueThis is the first coproduced publication exploring the experience of a service user with intellectual disability who completed an adapted EQUIP programme.

Journal

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending BehaviourEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 25, 2020

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