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A Model of Processes that Underpin Positive Relationships for Adults with Severe Intellectual Disability

Johnson, Hilary, Douglas, Jacinta, Bigby, Christine, Iacono, Teresa,

Academic Literature

2012

This article seeks to explore how relationships develop between people with severe intellectual disability who have limited communication and paid workers or family members. Data analysis led to the identification of 5 processes that underpin positive relationships: recognising individuality, sharing the moment, connecting, feeling good, and sharing the message.

Conclusions: A relationship model with clearly identified processes and sub-elements provides a framework for teaching others how to have positive relationships with people with severe intellectual disability. The model could be applied in training to support relationships between workers and people with a disability and more widely with other community members.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Social relationships

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