ERIC Number: EJ851107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Reference Count: 60
Autonomy in Relation to Health among People with Intellectual Disability: A Literature Review
Wullink, M.; Widdershoven, G.; van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk, H.; Metsemakers, J.; Dinant, G. -J.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v53 n9 p816-826 Sep 2009
Background: Since the 1990s, individualisation, participation, normalisation and inclusion have been the main principles of care for people with intellectual disability (ID). Autonomy has become an important issue for these people. This review of the literature tried to answer the question: how do people with ID exercise autonomy in relation to health? Method: Searches in Cochrane, Medline and PsycINFO were based on the following aspects of autonomy: self-determination, independence, self-regulation and self-realisation. Results: Thirty-nine of 791 articles met our criteria, including 14 on self-determination, seven on independence, 15 on self-regulation and three on self-realisation. Conclusions: In spite of decades of promoting autonomy, the exercise of autonomy in relation to health has so far rarely been an issue in the literature.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Self Determination, Personal Autonomy, Normalization (Disabilities), Social Attitudes, Literature Reviews, Independent Living, Health Promotion
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