Purpose – The present qualitative study aims to address the gap in what one knows about the life experiences of adults diagnosed with mild learning disabilities from minority ethnic communities and to generate a deeper understanding of their experiences. Design/methodology/approach – The paper individually interviewed four adults with mild learning disabilities receiving support from an independent living project using semi‐structured interviews. The interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data collected were qualitatively analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Findings – The findings showed that participants felt socially isolated and did not have a wide social network. Participants also reported that they had suffered some form of abuse in the past. Participants also said that they found employment satisfying and finally that they did not receive support with their cultural needs. Originality/value – This paper highlights that greater emphasis should be placed on examining the social support needs of individuals with mild learning disabilities in order for them to live independently without risking social isolation.
Tizard Learning Disability Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 14, 2011
Keywords: Learning disabilities; Ethnic minorities; Interpretative phenomenological analysis
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