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Beliefs and attitudes towards intellectual disability within the UK Pakistani community as perceived by key community members

Malik, A; (2011) Beliefs and attitudes towards intellectual disability within the UK Pakistani community as perceived by key community members. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Part 1 is a literature review investigating South Asian parents' perceptions of their child's intellectual disability, its effects on family life and views on service use. Search strategies used to identify relevant literature are specified and the results are presented in three parts. Firstly, experiences of parents regarding the process of diagnosis and provision of support are discussed. Secondly, their perceptions of the causes, symptoms and prognosis of their child’s intellectual disability are presented. Lastly, the effects of having a child with an intellectual disability on parenting and family life are outlined. The findings are then summarised and implications considered. Part 2 is a qualitative study designed to address gaps identified in the literature review, focusing on the attitudes and beliefs of the Pakistani community in the UK regarding intellectual disabilities. The results highlight the importance of taking the views of this community in account in implementing current UK policy centred on choice, independence and social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities within a multicultural society. The results are followed by a discussion of the findings, where the study’s strengths and limitations, implications for policy and service provision are also considered. Finally, a direction for future researchers is suggested. Part 3 is a critical appraisal detailing personal reflections and considering methodological issues which arose during the study.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:Beliefs and attitudes towards intellectual disability within the UK Pakistani community as perceived by key community members
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
Additional information:Thesis in two volumes: volume 2 is restricted
Keywords:attitudes, beliefs, intellectual disability, culture, Pakistan, Asia

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