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ERIC Number: EJ1035024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
The Impact of Cognitive Assessment on the Identity of People with Learning Disabilities
Davidson, Terence; Smith, Hilary; Burns, Jan
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v42 n3 p185-192 Sep 2014
Researchers and clinicians have hypothesised that cognitive assessments have the power to influence the self-identity of people with learning disabilities. This research aimed to explore the experience of a sample of people who had been given a cognitive assessment by a psychologist based in a team for people with learning disabilities. Five people who had undergone these assessments participated in semi-structured interviews, and interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was used to analyse the transcripts. The analysis identified that despite the participants not understanding the purpose of the assessment, they trusted the clinicians and felt they benefitted from the experience of doing the actual assessment. However, the term "learning disability" was not used by the participants who also described experiencing little agency in the process, and being dependent on the actions of others for the assessment to bring about change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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