ERIC Number: EJ1064581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Barriers and Facilitators in Health Education for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities--A Qualitative Study
Bergström, H.; Elinder, L. S.; Wihlman, U.
Health Education Research, v29 n2 p259-271 Apr 2014
The aim of this study was to explore barriers and facilitators in the implementation of a health course for adults with mild or moderate intellectual disabilities. An inductive qualitative design was used. Data were collected from a health course conducted in 16 study groups with 83 participants in Stockholm, Sweden by unstructured observations in course sessions, a group discussion with course leaders and evaluation notes from the course leaders. The data were analysed by qualitative content analysis. Four categories were identified: (i) "individual characteristics", implying various needs, (ii) "pedagogical strategies" used to meet those needs, (iii) "interaction within the course", dealing with active and less active participation and (iv) "structures", including learning climate and organizing. The overarching theme "creating an individualized supportive context" describes the challenge of educating people with intellectual disabilities towards an empowered and well informed decision making regarding their own health. Therefore, there is a need for support not only within the course but also from the social and physical environment as well.
Descriptors: Health Education, Adult Education, Barriers, Mild Mental Retardation, Moderate Mental Retardation, Qualitative Research, Content Analysis, Adults, Individual Needs, Teaching Methods, Student Participation, Adult Students, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden (Stockholm)