Living with support: Experiences of people with mild intellectual disability

Giesbers, S. A.H., Hendriks, L., Jahoda, A. , Hastings, R. P. and Embregts, P. J.C.M. (2019) Living with support: Experiences of people with mild intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(2), pp. 446-456. (doi: 10.1111/jar.12542) (PMID:30362653)

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Abstract

Background: To enhance social inclusion of people with intellectual disability, policy is aimed at increasing informal support networks. Nevertheless, staff continue to play a vital role in their support networks. Method: Six individuals with mild intellectual disability, living in community‐based settings, were interviewed following a semi‐structured format. In‐depth accounts of participants’ support experiences were established using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Results: Three main themes were identified: relationships with staff placed within a personal history, relationships with staff within an organisational context, and staff support and interviewees’ place in the world. Conclusions: Relationships with staff were often one of the closest and most significant social relationships participants had. As living in the community had not necessarily led to meaningful inclusion for participants, the findings point at the important role of staff in supporting and facilitating friendships and close relationships of people with intellectual disability.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The research was funded by service provider Dichterbij.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jahoda, Professor Andrew
Authors: Giesbers, S. A.H., Hendriks, L., Jahoda, A., Hastings, R. P., and Embregts, P. J.C.M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN:1360-2322
ISSN (Online):1468-3148
Published Online:26 October 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 32(2):446-456
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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