ERIC Number: EJ947680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
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What Does Vulnerability Mean?
Parley, Fiona F
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v39 n4 p266-276 Dec 2011
Protection of those deemed vulnerable has received increasing attention since 2000. This article reports on care staff views of vulnerability using original data from a research study (Parley. "Vulnerability and abuse: an exploration of views of care staff working with people who have learning disabilities," PhD Thesis, 2007) in which care staff views relating to vulnerability and abuse of adults with learning disability were explored. Using semi-structured interview informants perspectives were explored. The results revealed that most informants felt that people with learning disabilities are all vulnerable and that this definition allows staff the authority to take protective measures to ensure their safety. This desire to introduce protective measures however may result in people with learning disabilities being denied the right to self-determination, thereby limiting their enjoyment of some life experiences and lessening the excitement of life that others take for granted.
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Interviews, Risk, At Risk Persons, Safety, Self Determination, Empowerment, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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