Psychosocial experiences of the ageing of middle-aged people with intellectual disabilities in South Korea

Mee Kim, Kyung, Shin, Yu-Ri and Hwang, Se Kwang (2018) Psychosocial experiences of the ageing of middle-aged people with intellectual disabilities in South Korea. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities. ISSN 2047-3869 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/20473869.2018.1544969

Abstract

This study aims to explore the psychosocial experiences of the ageing of middle-aged people with intellectual disabilities in Korea. Data were collected through 28 face-to-face interviews with Korean individuals with intellectual disabilities, aged between 40 and 50. This study identified several key factors faced by middle-aged people with intellectual disabilities. First, they experience financial constraints due to a lack of economic self-determination. Second, they have a very narrow range of social connections. Typically, they have small and weak networks consisting of only a few social workers, personal assistants, or group home workers, or their peers at group home or workshops. This is often due to a lack of information, money, and age-appropriate services. Third, those who have jobs in middle age have positive opportunities acquired through work. Fourth, study participants experienced considerable unspecified anxiety about ageing, as well as fear of death and uncertainty regarding the future. Recommendations are made to improve active ageing in an appropriate setting for middle-aged people with intellectual disabilities. Improved training and education about economic self-determination are needed for these individuals and their families, as well as improved information about community services. Moreover, enhanced community services for them must be developed. These individuals would benefit from improved employment opportunities as well. Workshops regarding active ageing and death should be developed. Finally, future plans for living placement must be in place.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community services, provision for ageing, active ageing, intellectual disabilities, middle age, ageing
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 13:08
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2019 03:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37701

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