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Public awareness, attitudes and beliefs about intellectual disability: a Sikh perspective

Kaur, G; (2011) Public awareness, attitudes and beliefs about intellectual disability: a Sikh perspective. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Part 1 is a literature review of South Asian perspectives on intellectual disability. Thirty-one papers are reviewed according to seven geographical locations. South Asian needs, beliefs and knowledge about intellectual disability are highlighted. The limitations of the review are discussed as well as clinical implications and implications for future research. Part 2 reports an empirical study looking at public awareness, attitudes and beliefs about the causes of intellectual disability amongst the UK Sikh community. The association between socio-demographic factors and these variables are examined and comparisons are made with a matched white British sample, through the use of a two-group comparison design. The results are discussed highlighting on the whole similarities between the groups. Part 3 is a critical appraisal which focuses on the process of carrying out research with the UK Sikh community. Reflections on the literature review are discussed with reference to the scope of the review, the quality of the studies included and reasons for omitting potentially relevant articles. Key dilemmas and difficulties experienced whilst setting up the study are explored which focus on promoting the study and recruiting participants. Finally issues concerning data interpretation are discussed.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:Public awareness, attitudes and beliefs about intellectual disability: a Sikh perspective
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English

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