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ERIC Number: EJ836201
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Friendship Activities of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Supported Accommodation in Northern England
Emerson, Eric; McVilly, Keith
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v17 n3 p191-197 Sep 2004
Background: Despite there being considerable evidence to suggest that friendships are central to health and well-being, relatively little attention had been paid to the friendships of people with intellectual disabilities. Methods: Friendship activities involving people with and without intellectual disabilities were measured over the preceding month in a sample of 1542 adults with intellectual disabilities receiving supported accommodation in nine geographical localities in Northern England. Results: The results of the study indicate: (1) low levels of friendship activities among people with intellectual disabilities in supported accommodation; (2) people with intellectual disabilities are more likely to be involved in activities with friends who also have intellectual disabilities than with friends who do not have intellectual disabilities; (3) most friendship activities take place in the public domain rather than in more private settings (e.g. at home); (4) the setting in which a person lives is a more significant determinant of the form and content of activities with their friends than the characteristics of participants. Conclusions: Further attention needs to be given to research and practice initiatives aimed at increasing the levels of friendship activities of people with intellectual disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)