A thematic analysis into the experiences of people with a mild intellectual disability during the COVID-19 lockdown period

P. J. C. M. Embregts*, K. J. H. M. van den Bogaard, N. Frielink, M. A. C. Voermans, M. Thalen, A. Jahoda

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

17 Citations (Scopus)
22 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Background.
The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a substantial impact on people with an intellectual disability. The goal of the current study was to explore the experiences and needs of people with a mild intellectual disability during the COVID-19 lockdown period in the Netherlands.

Method.
A descriptive qualitative methodology was conducted, using semi-structured individual interviews with six people with a mild intellectual disability. Data were analysed thematically.

Results.
Three overarching themes were found: (i) Missing social contact and having people close; (ii) Being housebound has changed my daily life; and (iii) Hard to understand the preventive measures.

Conclusions.
Important insights into the experiences and needs of people with a mild intellectual disability during the COVID-19 lockdown period were gained. These insights are valuable with respect to a potential second COVID-19 wave or a future infection-outbreak.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Developmental Disabilities
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • PRODUCTIVITY
  • WORK
  • corona
  • experiences of people with a mild intellectual disability
  • intellectual disability
  • pandemic

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'A thematic analysis into the experiences of people with a mild intellectual disability during the COVID-19 lockdown period'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this