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ERIC Number: EJ1089998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
The Close Relationships of People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Qualitative Study
Sullivan, Faye; Bowden, Keith; McKenzie, Karen; Quayle, Ethel
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v29 n2 p172-184 Mar 2016
Background: Positive interpersonal relationships have been found to enhance an individual's quality of life. However, people with intellectual disabilities (PWID) often have restricted social networks, and little is known about their views on close social relationships. The study aimed to explore how this group perceives and experiences close relationships. Materials and Methods: Ten (6 = men 4 = women) PWID participated. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, and analysed using interpretive phenomenological analysis. Results: The results report on three of five themes drawn from a larger qualitative study: "Relationships feeling safe and being useful"; "Who's in charge?" and "Struggling for an ordinary life." Conclusions: Close relationships are valued and desired by PWID, but a variety of barriers inhibit their development and maintenance. This includes the failure of others to value, accept and appropriately support the independence and relationships of PWID. Potential ways of addressing these issues are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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