‘Standing up for myself’ (STORM): development and qualitative evaluation of a psychosocial group intervention designed to increase the capacity of people with intellectual disabilities to manage and resist stigma

Scior, K. et al. (2022) ‘Standing up for myself’ (STORM): development and qualitative evaluation of a psychosocial group intervention designed to increase the capacity of people with intellectual disabilities to manage and resist stigma. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, (doi: 10.1111/jar.13018) (PMID:35785506) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Background: People with intellectual disabilities are at risk of experiencing stigma and require the skills and confidence to deal with stigma in their daily lives. Method: Development and piloting of a 5‐session manualised psychosocial group intervention designed to increase the capacity of people with intellectual disabilities aged 16+ to manage and resist stigma. Ten pre‐existing groups (N = 67) in third sector and education settings participated. Interviews with participants (n = 26), facilitators (n = 9) and significant others (n = 7) 2–4 months after the intervention assessed perceived impact. Results: Perceived benefits of the intervention for participants included increased understanding, improved connections with others, drive for advocacy, increased activity and self‐efficacy, and opportunity to process difficult events and emotions. Differential impact depending on individuals' pre‐existing self‐advocacy skills was noted. Conclusions: This early‐stage study indicates that further evaluation is merited to examine feasibility and outcomes of the STORM intervention.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding information: Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, Grant/Award Number: Ref 3756/6840
Keywords:Attitudes, intellectual disability, intervention, self‐advocacy, stigma.
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jahoda, Professor Andrew
Authors: Scior, K., Cooper, R., Fenn, K., Poole, L., Colman, S., Ali, A., Baum, S., Crabtree, J., Doswell, S., Jahoda, A., Hastings, R., and Richardson, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1360-2322
ISSN (Online):1468-3148
Published Online:04 July 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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