The impact of austerity on the social networks of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Rachel Harrison, Rachel Forrester-Jones, Michelle McCarthy

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Introduction: Recent UK austerity policies have resulted in cuts andchanges to services for people with IDD, potentially leading todeficiencies in their social relationships. The aim of this study is toprovide empirical evidence regarding such changes in lives of people withIDD.

Methods: Utilising a quantitative design, which included The SocialNetwork Guide, 150 people with IDD across four geographical areas wereinterviewed about how their social networks had been affected by cuts inservices. How changes in individuals’ social lives affect their ownunderstanding of self and inclusion were also explored and analysed usingInterpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Results: Findings will be presented to include both quantitative andqualitative data on the social networks of people with IDD.Implications: Empirical evidence of the lived experiences of peoplewith IDD who experience cuts or loss to services can provide policy-makers with a better understanding of the importance of social networksto the lives of people with IDD.

The views expressed are those of the authors rather than the funders(National Institute for Health Research School for Social CareResearch).

Keywords austerity, social, networks, relationships
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID) World Congress, Glasgow, UK 6-9 Aug 2019: IASSID Future4All - Scottish Event Campus (SEC) Glasgow, Glasgow, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Aug 20199 Aug 2019


  • austerity
  • social networks
  • intellectual disability


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