Uncovering Dimensions of Informal Culture in Underperforming Group Homes for People with Severe Intellectual Disabilities

Bigby, Christine and Knox, Marie and Beadle-Brown, Julie and Clements, Tim and Mansell, Jim (2012) Uncovering Dimensions of Informal Culture in Underperforming Group Homes for People with Severe Intellectual Disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 50 (6). pp. 452-467. ISSN 1934-9556. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1352/1934-9556-50.06.452

Abstract

Culture recurs as an important but under-investigated variable associated with resident outcomes in supported accommodation for people with intellectual disability. This study aimed to conceptualize the potential dimensions of culture in all group homes and describe the culture in underperforming group homes. A secondary analysis, using an inductive interpretative approach, was undertaken of a large qualitative data set from a study that had used ethnographic and action research methods to explore the quality of life outcomes for residents in 5 small group homes. Five categories were developed: misalignment of power-holder values with organizations espoused values, otherness, doing for not with, staff centered, and resistance. Differences from institutional culture are discussed, and the potential of the findings as a starting point to consider culture in high performing group homes and develop a quantitative measure of culture.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: supported accommodation, group homes, culture, staff practices
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Julie Beadle-Brown
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 13:23
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 13:57
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29297 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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