ERIC Number: EJ1168526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Active Adult Lives for Persons with Learning Disabilities--The Perspectives of Professionals
Witsø, Aud Elisabeth; Kittelsaa, Anna M.
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v46 n1 p10-16 Mar 2018
Background: Living active adult lives is both a value and a right, but the right to do so is associated with restrictions among adults with learning disabilities. This research aimed to capture professionals' understanding and perception of active adult living for people with learning disabilities living in clustered housing in a Norwegian community. Materials and Methods: Field notes and transcripts of interviews were analysed by systematic text condensation based on Giorgi's psychological phenomenological analysis, with focus on the professionals' own expressions about their experiences and not an exploration of deeper meanings. Results and Discussion: The analysis identified four main themes: (i) active adult life as independent living and self-determination, (ii) choice of lifestyle, (iii) accommodation and privacy and (iv) the role of professionals. Results are discussed against concepts like dependence, independence and interdependence. Conclusion: The role of professionals and structural conditions for support and care is crucial for how active adult living is realised for people with learning disabilities. The results highlight the need for further discussions of conditions for active adult living in people with learning disabilities.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Disabilities, Adults, Life Style, Self Determination, Phenomenology, Privacy, Facilities, Independent Living, Group Homes, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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