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Self-advocates have the last say on friendship


McVilly, KR and Stancliffe, RJ and Parmenter, TR and Burton-Smith, R, Self-advocates have the last say on friendship, Disability & Society, 21, (7) pp. 693-708. ISSN 0968-7599 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/09687590600995287


This study reports the friendship experiences and aspirations of adults with intellectual disabilities. The findings of a larger study were reviewed by an expert group of self-advocates with intellectual disability. The expert group confirmed some of the interpretation of the original data and expanded on issues. Friendship is established as an issue of concern among adults with intellectual disability. Consequently, policy-makers and service providers need to be intentional about providing support for friendships. Participants asserted a positive self-identity of being a person with intellectual disability and how this could be a basis for friendship. Also, people with intellectual disability demonstrated how they should be considered experts in their own life experience and how they can be effectively included in the formulation, implementation, analysis and review of research. © 2006 Taylor & Francis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Psychology of ageing
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Ability and disability
UTAS Author:Burton-Smith, R (Dr Rosanne Burton-Smith)
ID Code:40968
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:53
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-04-25

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