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Community Perspectives and Subjective Quality of Life

Bramston, Paul, Bruggerman, Karen, Pretty, Grace,

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Community integration has increasingly become the focus of research and practice in the field of intellectual disability. This study pioneers the use of a sense of community measure to better understand the degree to which feelings of belonging are associated with quality of life.

One hundred and thirty two students from both urban and rural schools participated in this study. Half of them had an intellectual disability and the remainder were matched peers without a disability. Life satisfaction scores for adolescents with an intellectual disability were found to correlate significantly with reported levels of activity, friends and support in the neighbourhood. People with an intellectual disability reported lower usage of some community facilities and significantly lower social belonging and empowerment than their matched nondisabled peers. . The groups did not differ significantly on the sense of community measure. The above patterns were true for both urban centres and rural towns.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : International Journal of Disability, Development and Education

Location : International

Domain/s: Community and civic participation, Social relationships

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