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Social networks and people with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review

Harrison, R., Bradshaw, J., Forrester‐Jones, R., McCarthy, M., Smith, S. (2021) Social networks and people with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, . pp. 1-20. ISSN 1360-2322. (doi:10.1111/jar.12878) (KAR id:87196)

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Background: Despite the importance of social networks for health and wellbeing, relatively little is known about the ways in which adults with intellectual disabilities in the U.K. experience their social networks. Method: A systematic review was completed to identify research focused on the social networks of adults with intellectual disabilities. Studies published from 1990 to 2019 were identified. Studies were thematically analysed. Results: Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods studies were analysed to identify key factors influencing social networks. Experiences of people with intellectual disabilities identified themes of identity, powerlessness, inclusion, family, and support. These themes are discussed with reference to theories of stigma and normalization. Conclusions: Stigma and normalization can be used to better understand the needs, desires and dreams of people with intellectual disabilities for ordinary relationships, from which they are regularly excluded. Implications for policy and practice are discussed in relation to building and repairing often spoiled identities.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jar.12878
Uncontrolled keywords: relationships; social networks; stigma; normalization; policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jill Bradshaw
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2021 10:36 UTC
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2021 10:54 UTC
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