Family network typologies of adults with intellectual disability: Associations with psychological outcomes

T. Tournier*, A. H. C. Hendriks, A. Jahoda, R. P. Hasting, S. A. H. Giesbers, A. A. Vermulst, P. J. C. M. Embregts

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Abstract

Background
Based on self‐reported social capital, different typologies of family networks of people with intellectual disabilities were examined. Associations between behavioural and emotional problems or well‐being and typologies were investigated.

Method
137 participants with mild intellectual disability were interviewed using the Family Network Method‐Intellectual Disability to assess their emotionally supportive family relationships. Data on participants’ well‐being and behavioural and emotional problems were also gathered. Latent class analysis was used to identify family typologies based on social network measures.

Results
Four distinguishable typologies were identified, two supportive and two less supportive. A small association was found with behavioural and emotional problems and one of the supportive typologies. Associations with constructs of well‐being were found for both supportive and less supportive typologies.

Conclusions
A variety of family types were found, with implications for sensitive professional support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-76
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • INDIVIDUALS
  • MENTAL-HEALTH
  • PEOPLE
  • SOCIAL NETWORKS
  • STRESS
  • SUPPORT
  • UTILITY
  • family relations
  • latent class analysis
  • social capital
  • social networks
  • social support

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