Striking the balance: A grounded theory analysis of staff perspectives Academic Article uri icon


  • Staff from four units for adults with profound learning disabilities described their relationship with a particular client during individual discussions. Issues arising from discussion were elaborated in subsequent individual and group meetings, evolving into an account of interactional aspects of professional care based on a core typology of relationships (Provider, Meaning-maker, Mutual and Companion). The process of this grounded theory analysis is exemplified. The analysis concludes with four propositions about staff-client relationships, and discussion of their implications for clinical services.

publication date

  • May 1996