1st Edition

New Lenses on Intellectual Disabilities

Edited By Jennifer Clegg Copyright 2019
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book gathers together recent international research in intellectual disability (ID), examining the diverse modes of existence that characterise living with intellectual disabilities in the 21st century.

    Ranging from people with no speech and little mobility who need 24-hour care, to people who marry or hold down jobs, this book moves beyond the typical person with ID imagined by public policy: healthy, with mild ID and a supportive family, and living in a welcoming community. The book is divided into three sections. The first, ‘A richer picture of people and relationships’, expands our understanding of different people and lifestyles associated with ID. The second section, ‘Where current policies fall short’, finds that Supported Living provides just as 'mediocre' a form of care as group homes, and concludes that services for people with challenging behaviour are unrelated to need. The contributors’ research identifies no effective employment support strategies, as well as technological and legal changes that prevent organisations from employing people with ID. With nearly a quarter of this population in poor health, the contributors reflect on whether ‘social model’ approaches should be allowed to trump medical considerations. The third section, ‘New thinking about well-being’, reveals that being old, poor, and living alone increases health risk, and that medication administration is significantly more complex for people with ID.

    Moving beyond 20th century certainties surrounding intellectual disability, this book will be of interest to those studying contemporary issues facing those living with ID, as well as those studying public health policy more widely.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in issues of the Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability.

    Introduction: New lenses

    Jennifer Clegg

    Part I: A richer picture of people and relationships

    1. Intellectual disability and attachment theory among adults: An early systematic review

    Georgina Mullen

    2 Staff perspectives on paperwork in group homes for people with intellectual disability

    Claire Quilliam, Christine Bigby and Jacinta Douglas

    3. Spirituality and social networks of people with intellectual and developmental disability

    Precious N. Sango and Rachel Forrester-Jones

    4. Reasons for marriage of educated Bedouin women to Bedouin men with intellectual disability from the point of view of the women

    Iris Manor-Binyamini

    5. Review of Phallacies: historical intersections of disability and masculinity

    John Cromby

    Part II: Where current policies fall short

    6. Comparing costs and outcomes of supported living with group homes in Australia

    Christine Bigby, Emma Bould and Julie Beadle-Brown

    7. Service receipt of adults with rare genetic syndromes who engage in challenging behaviour

    N. Awan, C. Oliver, L. Wilde, K. Eden and J. Waite

    8. What constitutes effective support in obtaining and maintaining employment for individuals with intellectual disability? A scoping review

    Cindy Cheng, Jodi Oakman, Christine Bigby, Ellie Fossey, Jillian Cavanagh, Hannah Meacham and Timothy Bartram

    9. Emerging trends affecting future employment opportunities for people with intellectual disability: The case of a large retail organisation

    Katherine Moore, Paula McDonald and Jennifer Bartlett

    Part III: New thinking about well-being

    10. Factors that affect the perceived health of adults with intellectual disability: A Western Australian study

    Errol Cocks, Allyson Thomson, Stian Thoresen, Richard Parsons and Lorna Rosenwax

    11. Complexity of medication regimens of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

    Steven R. Erickson, Drita Nicaj and Sasha Barron

    12. Does intellectual disability research consider the potential impact of geographic location?

    Stuart Wark

    13. Dialogue between workers and family members is related to their attitudes towards self determination of individuals with intellectual disability

    Vicente Martínez-Tur, Yolanda Estreder, Carolina Moliner, Esther Gracia, Lumini¿a Patra¿ and Ana Zornoza


    Jennifer Clegg is Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University, Australia, and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK. She was an academic Consultant Clinical Psychologist in intellectual disability with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust until 2015. She continues to edit, write, examine, and teach about non-behavioural approaches to complex needs; her publications include longitudinal research into the transition out of school, conceptual history, and the ethics of practice. She is currently examining the impact of neoliberalism on those living with intellectual disabilities. She is the co-chair of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Special Interest Research Group on Ethics.