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The dynamics of support over time in the intentional support networks of nine people with intellectual disability

By Anne Hillman, Michelle Donelly, Angela Dew, Roger J Stancliffe, Louise Whitaker, Marie Knox, Kathleen Shelley and Trevor R Parmenter


This paper describes the dynamics of support observed in the networks of nine adults with intellectual disability, developed by families who had committed to achieving a ‘good life’ for this person. Network members, including the person with a disability, participated in this longitudinal ethnographic study. Three principles that underpinned their work were positive and respectful relationships, mentorship and providing opportunities and expectations. Participants worked actively with other network members to develop higher levels of autonomy and social participation

Topics: Intellectual disability, reciprocity, support networks, relationships, community living, participation, Medicine and Health Sciences
Publisher: ePublications@SCU
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1080/09687599.2012.741515
OAI identifier: oai:epubs.scu.edu.au:hahs_pubs-2427
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