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Characteristics, supports, and quality of life of Irish adults with intellectual disability in life-sharing residential communities

Fahey, A and Walsh, P N W and Emerson, Eric and Geurin, S (2010) Characteristics, supports, and quality of life of Irish adults with intellectual disability in life-sharing residential communities. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 35 (2). pp. 66-76. ISSN 1366-8250

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Abstract

Background Few empirical studies have compared quality and outcomes for residents with intellectual disability across intentional communities such as those organised by the Camphill communities in Ireland. Method Using a multi-element research protocol developed for an earlier large study, data were gathered about the characteristics of N = 29 participants living in life-sharing residences organised by Camphill, management procedures, and outcomes for residents. Comparable data were available for N = 125 adults in group homes or campus residences. Results Camphill residents reported a smaller size of household, higher staffing ratios, homely living areas, low levels of institutionalised practices such as social distance, reciprocal relationships with houseparents, and well-developed management procedures, as well as less choice, but were not found to be better on a range of other objective measures. Conclusion Although modest in scale, present findings suggest that the value of applying distinctive benefits of life-sharing communities in more typical residential settings for people with intellectual disability should be investigated further to inform current policy debates.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Uncontrolled Keywords: residential ; supports ; life-sharing ; communities
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 49133
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2011 10:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 14:37
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/49133

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