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'I get by with a little help from my friends': Adults with intellectual disability discuss loneliness


McVilly, KR and Stancliffe, RJ and Parmenter, TR and Burton-Smith, R, 'I get by with a little help from my friends': Adults with intellectual disability discuss loneliness, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 10, (3) pp. 238-247. ISSN 1360-2322 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1468-3148.2005.00261.x


Background This study explored 'loneliness' as experienced by adults with intellectual disability, with 'intermittent' to 'limited' support needs. Method A measure of loneliness was piloted, and qualitative techniques used to develop a greater understanding of the participants' experience. Results The Loneliness Scale proved valid and reliable and the participants reported loneliness in ways comparable with the general population. Conclusions The findings demonstrate the effectiveness of combining quantitative and qualitative techniques to enhance understanding of people's perspective when developing support systems to promote their quality of life. Based on participant perspectives, recommendations are made concerning the issues and types of support families and professionals could consider when seeking to assist people with intellectual disability address loneliness. Further investigation of the effects of differing educational and vocational opportunities on people's post-school social networks appears warranted.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Psychology of ageing
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Burton-Smith, R (Dr Rosanne Burton-Smith)
ID Code:36406
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:112
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-08

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