ERIC Number: EJ859686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
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New Voices in Women's Health: Perceptions of Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Brown, Allison A.; Gill, Carol J.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v47 n5 p337-347 Oct 2009
This study explored aging and health experiences and concerns of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, using a participatory approach that captured the direct reports of the women, in their own words and from their own perspectives. The results of a qualitative analysis of 6 focus groups, composed of 34 women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Age 30 years and older are reported. The focus groups addressed health knowledge, body awareness, developmental and age-related changes, life satisfaction, health behaviors, health service experiences, and perceptions of disability. Findings indicated that the women held misconceptions and limited knowledge regarding health and aging. The results are discussed in relation to disability, women's health, and social support issues, including recommendations for health professionals and care providers.
Descriptors: Females, Adults, Attitudes, Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities, Focus Groups, Knowledge Level, Health, Aging (Individuals), Health Behavior, Life Satisfaction, Health Services, Experience, Misconceptions, Attitudes toward Disabilities
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 7065, Lawrence, KS 66044-7065. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aamr.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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