People with intellectual disability and phenomenologicalresearch: a review of the literature

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Aim: The aim of this study was to critically review the phenomenologicalresearch undertaken exclusively with people with intellectual disabilitie (ID).Method: Nineteen studies reported between 2000 and 2013 that sought theexperiences of people with ID were systematically reviewed. This isaccomplished by firstly identifying the studies, the influencing philosophy ortheory, and then reviewing them by applying the Critical Appraisal SkillsProgramme (CASP) questions. The review includes an identification of theresearch aims, appropriateness of methodology, design, recruitment strategy,data collection, relationship between researcher and participant, ethicalconsiderations, rigour of data analysis, statement of findings and the value ofthe research. Results: Phenomenological research is being used exclusively withpeople with mild/moderate ID. Different philosophical or theoretical influencescontribute to the choice of research method however there is also significance toaspects such as the location of the research. Researchers need to be cognisant ofthe ethical considerations, data collection, and method of analysis and inparticular the value of the research. Conclusion: People with ID have and canbe included in phenomenological research with results having the potential toinform practitioners and improve service
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Jul 2014


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