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Parental perceptions of risks with young adults who have severe learning difficulties contrasted with the young people’s views and experiences.

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McConkey, Roy and Smyth, Marisa (2003) Parental perceptions of risks with young adults who have severe learning difficulties contrasted with the young people’s views and experiences. Children and Society, 17 . pp. 18-31. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The majority of school-leavers over two years from two special schools for pupils with severe learning disabilities were individually interviewed (N=34), as were their parents (N=38). Parental reports stressed the amount of care and supervision required by these young people. They viewed them as vulnerable to various different hazards such as crossing roads and only a minority are prepared to take the risk of teaching them. However more of the young people felt they were capable of certain tasks. Parents had a particular fear that their son or daughter may be taken advantage of sexually even though the bigger risk - going by the young people’s reports - is verbal abuse and bullying from peers. A model is proposed of the influences on parental assessments of risks. This might be used in arriving at ‘shared risk-taking’ strategies with professionals and the young people during the later years of schooling

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:18365
Deposited By:Professor Roy McConkey
Deposited On:19 May 2011 12:37
Last Modified:19 May 2011 12:37

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