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 1366-8250Full text not available from this repository.
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.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||residential ; supports ; life-sharing ; communities|
|Departments:||Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research|
|Deposited On:||25 Jul 2011 10:25|
|Last Modified:||07 Jan 2015 16:48|
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