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Managing relational autonomy in interactions: People with intellectual disabilities

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1058-1066
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume32
Issue number5
Early online date12 Apr 2019
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DateAccepted/In press - 27 Feb 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 12 Apr 2019
DatePublished (current) - 1 Sep 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: 

This article is about interactions that occur when someone with intellectual disabilities is engaged in everyday activities with a personal assistant (PA) or a support worker. 

METHOD: 

We examine the detail of nine hours of naturally occurring video-recorded interactions, to explore how "relational autonomy" is done in practice. Nine people with ID and seven staff took part in the research, which took place in England from 2016-17. 

RESULTS: 

We selected six extracts to illustrate different types of joint decision-making. Informed by inclusive research with a drama group of people with intellectual disabilities, we focus on the ways in which (a) future plans are discussed; (b) choices are offered during an activity; (c) people reflect on their decisions. 

CONCLUSION: 

The article concludes with discussion about the teaching and learning content of choice-making, on relational autonomy, and the practice learning for PAs, support workers and for people with intellectual disabilities.

Additional information

Dr Sandra Dowling led the analysis in this paper with the Misfits Theatre Company, a group of actors with intellectual disabilities. She has a particular interest in creative methodologies and in how personal assistance works for people with intellectual disabilities. Val Williams is an emeritus professor, and led a large project called 'Getting Things Changed' at Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies. She has a research background in co-production and in the fine-grained analysis of interactions.

    Research areas

  • conversation analysis, decision making, interaction, mental capacity, relational autonomy, support practices

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