This article, recently published in the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities is entitled Exploring Perspectives of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Histories of Challenging Behaviors about Family Relationships: An Emergent Topic in a Grounded Theory Focus Group Study. It was written by Julie F. Brown, PhD, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, PhD, Peter Maramaldi, PhD, & L. Jarrett Barnhill, MD.
This is a unique piece of research because it explores the complex topic of family relationships from the perspective of individuals who are diagnosed with an intellectual disability that have one/more co-occurring mental illnesses and histories of challenging behaviors. This is crucial information for clinicians and support providers who provide supports to children, adolescents or adults with dual diagnosis. This research highlights different types and statuses of family relationships, as well as, transactional elements that impact polarization and synthesis family relationship patterns.