ERIC Number: EJ818760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Offering Choices to People with Intellectual Disabilities: An Interactional Study
Antaki, C.; Finlay, W.; Walton, C.; Pate, L.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v52 n12 p1165-1175 Dec 2008
Background: At the level of policy recommendation, it is agreed that people with intellectual impairments ought to be given opportunities to make choices in their lives; indeed, in the UK, the Mental Capacity Act of 2005 enshrines such a right in law. However, at the level of practice, there is a dearth of evidence as to how choices are actually offered in everyday situations, which must hinder recommendations to change. Method: This qualitative interactional study, based on video recordings in British residential homes, combines ethnography with the fine-grained methods of Conversation Analysis. Results: We identify six conversational practices that staff use to offer choices to residents with intellectual disabilities. Conclusions: We describe the unwanted consequences of some of these practices, and how the institutional imperative to solicit clear and decisive choice may sometimes succeed only in producing the opposite.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom