The social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities living in community and campus settings: the impact of place of residence

Roy McConkey, Dympna Walsh, Marlene Sinclair

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Abstract

O b j e c t i v e s : People with intellectual disabilities areincreasingly living in more domestic style accommodation,either in housing provided within a specialised ca m p u ssetting or in ordinary houses in community settings. Th emain objective of the study was to determine if the extentof residents’ involvement with their families and with thel o cal community varied when they resided in ca m p u ssettings (n = 55) or community housing (n = 51) and toinvestigate the main predictors of this involvement.M e t h o d : With the resident’s permission, their key-workers– mainly nurses, completed sta n d a rd questionnaires thatc o v e red resident characteristics, contact with families anda range of life experiences.Results: Although the type of accommodation did have as i g n i f i cant effect on residents’ social inclusion in familiesand communities, the best predictor of this was theindividual’s level of dependency in personal self-ca re .Those who were more dependent tended to be moreexcluded.C o n c l u s i o n s : S taff working with more dependentresidents need to proactively promote their social inclusionalthough this could be harder to achieve for those living incampus style settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-14
JournalIrish Journal of Psychological Medicine
Volume22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005

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