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ERIC Number: EJ961784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Social Aspects of Eating Events among People with Intellectual Disability in Community Living
Adolfsson, Paivi; Sydner, Ylva Mattsson; Fjellstrom, Christina
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v35 n4 p259-267 Dec 2010
Background: In Sweden, a process involving the deinstitutionalisation of services and the establishment of community-based settings for people with intellectual disability has meant changes in meal arrangements. In the present study, we focus on the social arrangements of meals in community-based settings. Method: Participant observations were used to study the meals as social events for 32 participants, 9 of whom lived in supported living and 23 in group homes. Results: Breakfast and dinner were often eaten alone, while lunch at the daily activity centre and the food eaten between meals (snacks) were mostly shared with other people. Meals for participants in supported living were seldom social, and meals for participants in the group homes often hierarchical. Conclusion: The participants were often limited in choosing their company at meals, which typically consisted of other people with intellectual disability and staff. If they made such choices, they were dependent upon staff support to realise them. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden