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Title: Disintegrating assumptions : a study of the attitudes and actions of residential support staff as they relate to intellectually disabled people's experiences of community integration
Author: Mills, Lisa A.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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A number of studies which have explored community integration suggest that support staff have a critical role to play in determining the extent to which the relationship networks of the intellectually disabled people they support are both rewarding and instrumentally significant. However, no study as yet has focused exclusively on exploring and understanding how the attitudes and actions of support staff are related to intellectually disabled people's achievement of community integration via these relationship networks. This research endeavour addresses this question in detail, through a mainly qualitative study which utilises interview, diary, and observation data. The study was a primary sample, involving three intellectually disabled people and six residential support staff studied over a three year period, to generate provisional explanatory conclusions. These conclusions are then evaluated for their generalisability by comparing them to the findings from a less lengthy, repeat study of four similar samples, involving eight intellectually disabled people and eight residential support staff, from different geographic localities and sponsored by four different provider organisations. The findings suggest that the attitudes and practices of residential support staff are often a hindrance to intellectually disabled people developing satisfactory relationship networks and achieving community integration. In particular, a combination of competing agendas, a culture of complacency toward community integration, and underlying integration outcomes. This study makes clear the need to alter the assumptions on which community residential services currently offer support to people with intellectual disabilities, and stresses the need to define new objectives for the longer-term which are different from those initially adopted at the point of relocation. The study concludes by making recommendations about what new assumptions should give the process of defining and implementing new objectives.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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