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Social networks of people with mental retardation in residential settings.

Robertson, Janet and Emerson, Eric and Gregory, Nicky and Hatton, Chris and Kessissoglou, Sophia and Hallam, Angela and Linehan, Christine (2001) Social networks of people with mental retardation in residential settings. Mental Retardation, 39 (3). pp. 201-214. ISSN 0047-6765

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Abstract

Information was collected on the social networks of 500 adults with mental retardation receiving different types of residential supports. Results indicated that (a) the reported median size of participants' social networks (excluding staff) was 2 people; (b) 83% of participants were reported to have a staff member; 72%, a member of their family; 54%, another person with mental retardation; and 30%, a person who did not fit into any of these categories in their social network; (c) variation in the size and composition of participants' social networks was associated with a range of variables, including the personal characteristics of residents (age, autism, ability, and challenging behavior), the type of previous and current accommodation, staffing ratios, institutional climate, and the implementation of “active support.”

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Mental Retardation
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 13576
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 25 Sep 2008 11:18
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13576

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