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ERIC Number: EJ836080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Attitudes to Bereavement and Intellectual Disabilities in an Irish Context
Dodd, Philip; McEvoy, John; Guerin, Suzanne; McGovern, Elizabeth; Smith, Elaine; Hillery, John
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v18 n3 p237-243 Sep 2005
Background: The influence of grief and bereavement on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities is currently receiving much interest. Many of the long-standing rituals associated with bereavement are still practised in Ireland, probably more than in many other Western countries. The present authors were interested in studying the experience of bereavement for people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland, and in making international comparisons. Method: This mixed method study was carried out using two questionnaires. The first was used to study national service and organisational approaches to bereavement. The second questionnaire (based on Murray et al. 2000 ) was used to study a staff group working in Ireland, assessing staff knowledge and understanding of the grieving process. The results were compared with a UK staff group who were assessed using the same questionnaire (Murray et al. 2000 ). Results: Staff and service attitudes were found to be very positive in supporting people with intellectual disabilities who have been bereaved. There is considerable understanding of the needs of bereaved individuals, and there is a high level of support in the participation in grief rituals. When compared with a UK staff group, Irish staffs were more inclined to encourage individuals to take part in bereavement rituals, though they had less actual experience in supporting bereaved people. Only one service had written bereavement guidelines. Conclusions: There appears to be cultural differences in the experience of bereavement for people with intellectual disabilities. This is important in the context of staff training and policy development in grief and bereavement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom