Do personal assistance activities promote participation for persons with disabilities in Sweden?
2016 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: To examine how the right to participation according to Article 19 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is promoted by personal assistance use in Sweden across age, gender and eligible person categories.
Method: Register data and data from a questionnaire were used (N¼15,289). Principal component analysis was performed and the internal consistency was tested. Descriptive statistics (v2 test) were used across age, gender and eligible person categories and components.
Results: An uneven distribution of personal assistance across the components Health and Care; Home, Leisure and Social Interaction; and Daily Occupation was found. Significant differences in personal assistance reported were found between children and adults, men and women and between the three eligible person categories.
Conclusions: The discrepancy between reported and expected outcome of personal assistance indicates that Article 19 of the UNCRPD has not been met. The unequal access to participation across age, gender and eligible person categories would seem to further signify that the Act concerning Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments is promoting activities of a caring nature rather than fulfilling Article 19 of the UNCRPD, i.e. ensuring full participation in society.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CRPD, disability rights, independent living, social insurance, social policy
Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Research subject Health Care Research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-306679DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1236405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-306679DiVA: diva2:1043927
ProjectsAvhandlingsarbete; Att styra rättigheter rättsäkert: Har socialförsäkringens implementering av personlig assistans uppfyllt LSS värdegrund för goda levnadsvillkor?
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-0921