Social networks of adults with an intellectual disability from south Asian and white communities in the United Kingdom: a comparison

A.K. Bhardwaj, Rachel Forrester-Jones, Glynis H. Murphy

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Abstract

Background: Little research exists comparing the social networks of people with intellectual disability (ID) from south Asian and white backgrounds. This UK study reports on the barriers that south Asian people with ID face in relation to social inclusion compared to their white counterparts. Materials and Methods: A mixed-methods research design was adopted to explore the social lives of 27 men (15 white; 12 South Asian) and 20 women (10 white; 10 South Asian with ID). Descriptive and parametric tests were used to analyse the quantitative data. Results: The average network size of the whole group was 32 members. South Asian participants had more family members whilst white participants had more service users and staff in their networks; 96% network members from white ID group were also of white background, whilst the south Asian group had mixed ethnic network members. Conclusions: Social networks of individuals with ID in this study were found to be larger overall in comparison to previous studies, whilst network structure differed between the white and south Asian population. These differences have implications relating to future service planning and appropriateness of available facilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e253-e264
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume31
Issue number2
Early online date15 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2017

Keywords

  • intellectual disability, social networks, social inclusion, south Asian

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