The close relationships of people with intellectual disabilities: A qualitative study

Sullivan, Faye, Bowden, Keith, McKenzie, Karen and Quayle, Ethel (2016) The close relationships of people with intellectual disabilities: A qualitative study. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 29 (2). pp. 172-184. ISSN 1360-2322

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Positive interpersonal relationships have been found to enhance an individual's quality of life. However, people with intellectual disabilities (PWID) often have restricted social networks, and little is known about their views on close social relationships. The study aimed to explore how this group perceives and experiences close relationships.

Materials and Methods
Ten (6 = men 4 = women) PWID participated. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, and analysed using interpretive phenomenological analysis.

The results report on three of five themes drawn from a larger qualitative study: ‘Relationships feeling safe and being useful’; ‘Who's in charge?’ and ‘Struggling for an ordinary life’.

Close relationships are valued and desired by PWID, but a variety of barriers inhibit their development and maintenance. This includes the failure of others to value, accept and appropriately support the independence and relationships of PWID. Potential ways of addressing these issues are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online first.
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Karen McKenzie
Date Deposited: 15 May 2015 08:57
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 17:28

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