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ERIC Number: EJ786194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0895-8017
Self-Reported Well-Being of Women and Men with Intellectual Disabilities in England
Emerson, Eric; Hatton, Chris
American Journal on Mental Retardation, v113 n2 p143-155 Mar 2008
We investigated the association between indicators of subjective well-being and the personal characteristics, socioeconomic position, and social relationships of a sample of 1,273 English adults with intellectual disabilities. Mean overall happiness with life was 71% of the scale maximum, a figure only marginally lower than typically reported among the general population. Variation in subjective well-being was strongly and consistently related to indicators of socioeconomic position and, to a lesser extent, social relationships. For women, being single was associated with greater well-being on all indicators. For men, there was no association between marital status and well-being. Relationships with friends who also had intellectual disabilities appeared to be protective against feeling helpless.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)