ERIC Number: EJ833984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Stressful Social Interactions Experienced by Adults with Mild Intellectual Disability
Hartley, Sigan L.; MacLean, William E., Jr.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v114 n2 p71-84 2009
Adults with intellectual disability are vulnerable to stressful social interactions. We determined frequency and severity of various stressful social interactions, identified the social partners in these interactions, and examined the specific interpersonal skill difficulties of 114 adults with mild intellectual disability. Participants' characteristic risk factors for stressful social interactions were also identified. Minor and unintentional negative actions of others had high frequency but low severity of stress. Serious and intentional negative actions of others had a low frequency but high severity of stress. Stressful social interactions with other people who have intellectual disability occurred frequently and had a high severity. Difficulty controlling aggression predicted stressful social interactions. Findings are beneficial to developers of interventions to decrease stressful social interactions.
Descriptors: Mild Mental Retardation, At Risk Persons, Aggression, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Adults, Stress Variables, Individual Characteristics, Interaction
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aaidd.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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