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Leaving home: The experience of people with a mental handicap

Cattermole M, Jahoda A & Markova I (1988) Leaving home: The experience of people with a mental handicap. Journal of Mental Deficiency Research, 32 (1), pp. 47-57.

The article reports that open-ended interviews were conducted with 12 people with a mental handicap who had left parental homes in order to live as tenants in community residential hostels. Parents and hostel staff were also interviewed. Those who had lived for long periods in institutions in the past, or who had communication difficulties, were excluded. The group of people with a mental handicap consisted of nine women and three men, aged between 20 and 45 years, with an average age of 32 years. The nature of life in the family home was found to be related to the role the person with a mental handicap was able to play in bringing about the move from home.

Journal of Mental Deficiency Research: Volume 32, Issue 1

Author(s)Cattermole, Martin; Jahoda, Andrew; Markova, Ivana
Publication date29/02/1988
PublisherWiley Blackwell
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