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Ethics of Touch
People that have lived much of their lives in institutional settings may not have been taught about privacy.
'Off task behavior' should always be considered a behavioral issue not a privacy issue.
Staff usually notice when recipients violate their privacy but may not notice when they violate recipient's privacy.
High staff turnover in residential settings may teach recipients their body is 'public'.
There are three private zones of the body.
Individuals with Developmental Disabilities who require assistance for personal care may have a reduced sense of boundaries.
A front to front hug (bear hug) is generally not appropriate between staff and recipients.
There are cultural differences to consider for touch and boundaries.
It is staff's job to provide touch and affection to recipients who are not able to establish relationships on their own.
Some problem behaviors can come from wanting touch and affection.