Dispersed or clustered housing for adults with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review

Mansell, Jim and Beadle-Brown, Julie (2009) Dispersed or clustered housing for adults with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 34 (4). pp. 313-323. ISSN 1366-8250. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Background This review evaluated research on the quality and costs of dispersed community-based housing compared to clustered housing. Methods Searches yielded 19 papers based on 10 studies comparing dispersed housing with some kind of clustered housing (village communities, residential campuses or clusters of houses). The studies reported the experience of nearly 2500 people from four different countries. Results In five of eight quality of life domains there were no studies reporting benefits of clustered settings. Clustered settings had some advantages in interpersonal relations, emotional and physical well-being. However, in many cases the better results refer only to village communities and not to campus or clustered housing. Clustered housing was usually less expensive but this was due to lower staffing levels. Conclusion Dispersed housing appears to be superior to clustered housing on the majority of quality indicators studied. The only exception to this is that village communities for people with less severe disabilities have some benefits; this is not however a model which can be feasibly provided for everyone. There is no evidence that clustered housing can deliver the same quality of life as dispersed housing at a lower cost.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV3008 Mental handicap and social care
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jim Mansell
Date Deposited: 01 May 2010 09:18
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 13:05
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23755 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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