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ERIC Number: EJ862830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
"A Story to Tell:" Learning from the Life-Stories of Older People with Intellectual Disabilities in Ireland
Hamilton, Carol; Atkinson, Dorothy
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v37 n4 p316-322 Dec 2009
This article draws on life-stories told by older people with intellectual disabilities for a research study in the Republic of Ireland. Research participants recalled their experiences of confinement, coercion and exclusion that resulted from their being labelled as having intellectual disabilities. Participants also recalled the positive interactions with workers and family members that sustained them during these difficult times. Extracts from these narratives show how past medical and social processes interlinked to classify members of this group as "deficient" or "lacking" in some way. Life-stories collected in this project illustrate the value of a narrative approach to exploring how services might begin to enhance the quality of support currently provided to older people with intellectual disabilities. However, life-story work in a service setting is far from straightforward, and support is needed for staff involved in this process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland