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Title: Communication and self-esteem in adults with Down syndrome : an exploratory study
Author: Jackson, Claire
ISNI:       0000 0004 2741 8722
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2012
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This research study aims to explore the relationship between communication and self-esteem in adults with Down syndrome. Historically the views of people with learning disabilities have not been well represented, however recent changes to the way these individuals are valued in society has led to an increase of their inclusion in research (e.g. Brewster, 2004). It is estimated that around 50% to 80% of people with learning disabilities experience difficulties in communicating (BILD, 2010). Previous research has linked communication difficulties and self-esteem in other populations that typically experience difficulties in communication. In addition, self-esteem is a concept widely recognised to be associated with a variety of clinical conditions (Roberts, 2006), yet the relationship between communication difficulties and self-esteem has not previously been investigated. Recruitment took place via a charity where adults with Down syndrome and an adult they nominated were approached. This research aims to offer an empowering and inclusive opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to be involved in research. A mixed methodology was selected to explore communication and self-esteem. Quantitative measures were used to explore self-esteem and communication, in addition to a thematic analysis which focused on the qualitative data collected via semi-structured Interviews. Major themes within the data reveal that a relationship between communication and self-esteem may exist for adults with Down syndrome. This research aims to provide areas for future research and considers the clinical implications of the findings. 3
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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