The prerequisites for QoL of people with intellectual disabilities
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 13, no 4, 241-253 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Quality of life (QoL) is seldom described in terms of the essence of what it is.Also, an essential task for the research community is to create space for the voicesof people with intellectual disabilities. The aim of the present study was tounderstand the lived meaning and the essence of QoL in adults with thisdisability. Using a phenomenological approach, 21 informants living in a Swedishcounty were interviewed. The interviews were audio taped and analyzed with theempirical phenomenological psychological method. The results indicate that thegeneral essence of QoL consists of well-being and five themes: social adult status,control of life, personal safety, social belonging and self-chosen solitude. Theresults challenge the stereotype of the informants as passive receivers of supportfrom others. The interrelatedness between the five themes of QoL should befurther studied.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group , 2011. Vol. 13, no 4, 241-253 p.
quality of life, intellectual disabilities, adult, phenomenology
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-142491DOI: 10.1080/15017419.2010.490729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-142491DiVA: diva2:387495
First published on: 17 November 2010 (iFirst)2011-01-142011-01-142016-08-22