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Using an E-intervention to challenge the current stigma of intellectual disability in Kenya

Chege, Winfred; (2017) Using an E-intervention to challenge the current stigma of intellectual disability in Kenya. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London).

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This thesis focuses on using an e-intervention to challenge the stigma of intellectual disability in Kenya. Part one of the thesis is a systematic literature review examining the attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities in Africa. The search strategies used to identify the relevant literature are specified. The 22 papers are presented according to the differences in attitudes among various groups including the general public, teachers and families. The findings are then summarised and methodological issues and implications discussed. Part two is an empirical study using a randomised control trial to assess (1) attitudes towards intellectual disability in Kenya. Attitudes were assessed at baseline, immediately post-intervention and at one month follow-up and (2) the feasibility of a digital intervention in a Kenyan context. The measures used were the Attitudes Toward Intellectual Disabilities questionnaire short version (ATTID-SF) reflecting affective, cognitive and behavioural dimensions and the supernatural beliefs subscale of the Intellectual Disabilities Literacy Scale (IDLS). The prevalent attitudes towards intellectual disabilities are described and the effects and feasibility of the intervention discussed. This paper forms part of a joint research study conducted with Deborah Odukoya (2017; Clinical Psychology Doctorate Trainee, University College London) who will report attitudes towards intellectual disabilities in Nigeria. While both projects were conceptualised and planned in parallel, an entirely separate intervention that was appropriate to the respective cultural context was produced by each of us, and data collection and analyses were conducted entirely separately. Part 3 is a critical appraisal detailing personal reflections and considers methodological issues which arose during the study.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: Using an E-intervention to challenge the current stigma of intellectual disability in Kenya
Event: UCL (University College London)
Language: English
Additional information: Third party copyright material has been removed from ethesis.
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10026089
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