Communication and self-esteem in adults with Down syndrome

Claire, J, Cavenagh, Penny and Clibbens, J (2014) Communication and self-esteem in adults with Down syndrome. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 49 (3). pp. 275-287. ISSN 1368-2822

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Abstract

It is estimated that around 50–90% of people with learning disabilities experience difficulties in communicating. Previous research has linked communication difficulties and self-esteem in other populations, yet this relationship has not previously been investigated for people with Down syndrome.

Aims
To explore the relationship between communication and self-esteem in adults with Down syndrome. This research also aimed to offer an empowering and inclusive opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to be involved in research.

Methods & Procedures
Recruitment took place via a charity established for people with Down syndrome. Twelve adults with Down syndrome and an adult they nominated were approached. A qualitative methodology was selected to explore communication and self-esteem. A thematic analysis focused on the qualitative data collected via semi-structured interviews.

Outcomes & Results
Major themes within the data revealed that a relationship between communication and self-esteem may exist for adults with Down syndrome.

Conclusions & Implication
This study demonstrated that people with Down syndrome may experience low self-esteem that may be linked to communication. The clinical implications of this are considered and areas for future research are identified.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning disabilities, communication, self-esteem, Down syndrome
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 12:19
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2018 12:19
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/437

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