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ERIC Number: EJ1024972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1368-2822
Communication and Self-Esteem in Adults with Down Syndrome
Jackson, Claire; Cavenagh, Penny; Clibbens, John
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, v49 n3 p275-287 May-Jun 2014
Background: It is estimated that around 50-90% of people with learning disabilities experience difficulties in communicating. Previous research has linked communication difficulties and self-esteem in other populations, yet this relationship has not previously been investigated for people with Down syndrome. Aims: To explore the relationship between communication and self-esteem in adults with Down syndrome. This research also aimed to offer an empowering and inclusive opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to be involved in research. Methods & Procedures: Recruitment took place via a charity established for people with Down syndrome. Twelve adults with Down syndrome and an adult they nominated were approached. A qualitative methodology was selected to explore communication and self-esteem. A thematic analysis focused on the qualitative data collected via semi-structured interviews. Outcomes & Results: Major themes within the data revealed that a relationship between communication and self-esteem may exist for adults with Down syndrome. Conclusions & Implication: This study demonstrated that people with Down syndrome may experience low self-esteem that may be linked to communication. The clinical implications of this are considered and areas for future research are identified.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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