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Views of people with learning difficulties about current and future accommodation: the use of focus groups to promote discussion

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Barr, Owen, McConkey, Roy and McConaghie, Jayne (2003) Views of people with learning difficulties about current and future accommodation: the use of focus groups to promote discussion. Disability and Society, 18 . pp. 577-597. [Journal article]

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Abstract

There is growing emphasis on inclusion as a central philosophy in services for people with learning difficulties in the UK, Europe and the USA. Coupled with this is recognition of the need to more actively involve people with learning difficulties in the research process through the use of more inclusive approaches.This paper reports the use of focus groups as a strategy to data collection in a project which sought to review existing accommodation and support and in the light of this contribute to a plan for future services over the next five years. A number of important key themes emerged relating to the importance of social networks, inclusion, reciprocal relationships, privacy and security. The implications arising from these findings for the provision of accommodation and support are considered. Furthermore it was concluded that focus groups are potentially a valuable approach in research that seeks to actively involve people with learning difficulties.

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:18370
Deposited By:Professor Roy McConkey
Deposited On:19 May 2011 12:28
Last Modified:19 May 2011 12:28

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