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Listening to families’ views regarding institutionalization & deinstitutionalization

Mehdi Tabatabainia, M.,

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Little attempt has been made in Australia to examine families’ perspectives on institutionalization and deinstitutionalisation. This study examines families’ perspectives and attitudes about institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisation. The sample of the study consisted of 22 families whose relatives were living in an institution. Based on a qualitative study, a semi‐structured interview was undertaken for collecting data, and the NUD*IST computer software package was used to code and analyze the data in the current study. Families’ views about institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisation were discussed. Families expressed their oppositions to deinstitutionalization for the following reasons: adverse impacts on themselves and on their relatives with intellectual disabilities, inadequacy of community‐based residential settings, and provision of good services by the current institution. Limitations and implications of the study are highlighted.

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Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation, Housing and the built environment

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