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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. Project report. National Disability Authority, Dublin (KAR id:23756)

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Purpose of the review

This review found 19 papers based on 10 studies presenting data comparing dispersed housing with some kind of clustered housing (village communities, residential campuses or clusters of houses). This is a sizeable body of research reporting the experience of nearly 2,500 people from four different countries. The studies covered all eight domains of quality of life, providing information on about 80 different aspects of these domains. Five studies included data on different aspects of service design and operation and three presented comparative costs. Almost all of the studies used quantitative methods with robust approaches to measurement. All studies focused on people with intellectual disabilities.


There is much less evidence comparing clustered settings with dispersed housing than comparing other congregate care settings (such as institutions) with dispersed housing. The results should therefore be treated with caution. They do, however, present a broadly consistent picture.

Item Type: Monograph (Project report)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV3008 People with mental disabilities
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Julie Beadle-Brown
Date Deposited: 01 May 2010 09:16 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:04 UTC
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