ERIC Number: EJ835712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
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"I Get by with a Little Help from My Friends": Adults with Intellectual Disability Discuss Loneliness
McVilly, Keith R.; Stancliffe, Roger J.; Parmenter, Trevor R.; Burton-Smith, Rosanne M.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v19 n2 p191-203 Jun 2006
Background: This study explored "loneliness" as experienced by adults with intellectual disability, with "intermittent" to "limited" support needs. Method: A measure of loneliness was piloted, and qualitative techniques used to develop a greater understanding of the participants' experience. Results: The Loneliness Scale proved valid and reliable and the participants reported loneliness in ways comparable with the general population. Conclusions: The findings demonstrate the effectiveness of combining quantitative and qualitative techniques to enhance understanding of people's perspective when developing support systems to promote their quality of life. Based on participant perspectives, recommendations are made concerning the issues and types of support families and professionals could consider when seeking to assist people with intellectual disability address loneliness. Further investigation of the effects of differing educational and vocational opportunities on people's post-school social networks appears warranted.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Quality of Life, Social Networks, Psychological Patterns, Adults, Social Isolation, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Evaluation Methods, Social Support Groups
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