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Futures of adults with intellectual disability: staff expectations


Cuskelly, M and Moni, K and McMahon, M and Jobling, A and Lloyd, J and Leggatt-Cook, C, Futures of adults with intellectual disability: staff expectations, Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 46, (4) pp. 319-328. ISSN 1366-8250 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/13668250.2020.1814490


Background: The study reported here investigated the views of staff who worked with adults with intellectual disability regarding the likely future of such adults.

Method: Staff were provided with a short vignette portraying an adult with intellectual disability and asked to describe that individualís future in five years and then to indicate the likelihood of the individualís participation in aspects of adult life reflecting life as typically experienced by age peers in the general population.

Results:Responses suggested that staff did not expect the adults with intellectual disability to have the same experiences as their peers, although responses to direct questions about participation were more positive than those to the vignette.

Conclusions: While choice was seen to be an important determinant of future activity by some staff, others did not see the individual with intellectual disability having a great deal of agency in determining the direction of their life.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:intellectual disability, staff, an ordinary life, practice, future
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Counselling, wellbeing and community services
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Ability and disability
UTAS Author:Cuskelly, M (Professor Monica Cuskelly)
UTAS Author:Moni, K (Associate Professor Karen Moni)
ID Code:150582
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-06-21
Last Modified:2022-06-21

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