Social networks and the lives of people with IDD: a thematic synthesis of current literature

Rachel Harrison, Rachel Forrester-Jones, Michelle McCarthy

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Abstract

Background: Diverse social networks support individuals’ wellbeing and inclusion. In the light of current austerity policies across Western economies, a systematic literature review was undertaken to ascertain the factors that influence the social networks of people with IDD in the UK in order to inform policy and practice.

Method: A systematic review of UK‐based papers was undertaken. 18 articles relating to people with IDD were studied in relation to the effects of social networks on wellbeing and inclusion.

Results: Strong, stable social networks positively influence wellbeing and inclusion. Factors such as living in the community and regular access to community‐based activities do not necessarily appear to influence the wellbeing and inclusion of people with IDD in terms of social networks. Policy does not in itself effectively address the building or maintaining of social networks and the interpretation of policy by support staff often entrenches exclusion.

Conclusion: This review highlights the continuing importance of social networks in the lives of people with IDD and the need for further discourse and research on the ways in which social networks can be built and maintained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages616
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2018
EventInternational Association for the Scientific Investigation of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID) European Congress, Diversity and Belonging: Celebrating Difference - Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens, Greece
Duration: 18 Jul 201820 Jul 2018
Conference number: 5
https://disabilitystudies.nl/en/node/1222

Conference

ConferenceInternational Association for the Scientific Investigation of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID) European Congress, Diversity and Belonging: Celebrating Difference
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period18/07/1820/07/18
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Keywords

  • systematic review
  • social networks
  • intellectual and developmental disabilities

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Harrison, R., Forrester-Jones, R., & McCarthy, M. (2018). Social networks and the lives of people with IDD: a thematic synthesis of current literature. 616. Abstract from International Association for the Scientific Investigation of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID) European Congress, Diversity and Belonging: Celebrating Difference , Athens, Greece. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jar.12476