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Young people with an intellectual disability: risk and resilience.

conference contribution
posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by J O'Sullivan, L Webber, B O`Connor
There is a large body of literature about personal risk and resilience among children and adolescents from a variety of subpopulations. However, in intellectual disability research, resilience has almost exclusively been investigated and reported at the level of family stress and coping rather than an individual child's capacity to function adaptively despite severe risk. In this study young people with an intellectual disability, family members and non-family members (carers, teachers and family friends) were interviewed and asked about the young people’s relationships, coping styles, behaviour patterns and resilience. The main features placing these young people at risk included having autism or inflexible patterns of behaviour, displaying some forms of challenging behaviour, difficulty with receptive and expressive communication, living in families with high competing demands for time and living in a relatively unaccommodating community environment. The main factors leading to resilience were an attractive appearance/disposition, ability to get one’s message across, ability to adapt behaviour to changing contexts, low family stress levels and high sense of competence, stable relationships with supportive others and an accommodating/accepting community environment (both school and social).

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Event

Australian Psychological Society. Conference (2006 : Auckland, New Zealand)

Pagination

310 - 314

Publisher

Australian Psychological Society

Location

Auckland, New Zealand

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2006-09-26

End date

2006-09-30

ISBN-13

9780909881306

ISBN-10

0909881308

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Editor/Contributor(s)

M Katsikitis

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of the 2006 joint conference of the APS and NZPsS : psychology bridging the Tasman : science culture and practice

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