Loneliness in individuals with intellectual disability

Cuskelly, Monica & Gilmore, Linda (2015) Loneliness in individuals with intellectual disability. In Kowalski, C.J., Cangemi, J.P., & Rokach, A. (Eds.) Loneliness in Life: Education, Business, and Society. McGraw Hill, Dubuque, IA, pp. 134-151.

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Although some substantial issues exist regarding measurement of loneliness in individuals with intellectual disability, research has generally concluded that members of this group are more likely to (1) appear to others to be lonelier than their typically developing peers and (2) self-report greater loneliness than typically-developing individuals. As examples, in a study by Solish, Perry, and Minnes (2010), parents of children with intellectual disability reported fewer friendships and social activities for their children than parents of typically-developing children. Oates, Bebbington, Bourke, Girdler, and Leonard (2011) found that approximately one-third of the parents in their population study of children with Down syndrome reported that their child had no friends. When questioned directly about the experience of loneliness, only boys with mild intellectual disability reported more loneliness than their same age, typically-developing peers (Williams & Asher, 1992).

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ID Code: 91180
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Loneliness, Intellectual disability, Emotional isolation, Social isolation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 McGraw Hill
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2015 00:09
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2015 19:12

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