Support needs of older people with intellectual disabilities: An exploratory study among psychologists in the Netherlands

Marloes Thalen*, Wietske Mwj Van Oorsouw, Karin M Volkers, Petri Jcm Embregts

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Abstract

Background: 

Information regarding the common-daily support needs of older people with intellectual disabilities remains scarce, despite the necessity of such knowledge to the provision of adequate support. This exploratory study aims to identify the most important support needs. 

Method: 

A mixed-method design was conducted, in which 11 semi-structured interviews were held with psychologists to gain insight into the support needs of older people with intellectual disabilities. 

Results: 

The data provide an overview of the support needs of older people with intellectual disabilities in all quality-of-life (QoL) domains. Physical well-being, emotional well-being, interpersonal relationships and self-determination were identified as the most important domains for older people with intellectual disabilities. 

Conclusions: 

The findings of this study may guide the development of a specific training for support staff and constitute a valuable contribution to raising awareness among support staff concerning the broad range of support needs existing among older people with intellectual disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266–277
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability/psychology
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Netherlands
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Quality of Life

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