Subjective wellbeing in people with intellectual disabilities

Garrod, Christopher James

Clinical psychology
June 2013

Thesis or dissertation

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The portfolio has three parts these being: the systematic literature review, the empirical study and the appendices.

Part one is a systematic literature review into the influences on the subjective wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities. It presents an understanding of people with intellectual disabilities, how wellbeing as a concept is currently understood and how their subjective wellbeing can be influenced.

Part two is an empirical paper which used different methods to explore how young people with intellectual disabilities perceive their experiences of attending a sports group with their peers of similar abilities and how this experience influences their subjective wellbeing. To achieve this eight young people aged 9 – 13 years old completed an adapted wellbeing measure to quantify their subjective wellbeing. A semi structured interview, incorporating creative methods to collect data was employed to ensure that this often under represented group could have a voice. The themes of this research are discussed and linked to previous research to identify clinical implications and the methodology is also discussed and future research opportunities are identified.

Part three comprises the Appendices to support the work in the first two parts of the thesis including a reflective account of the research process.

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