Saturday, June 24, 2017

Joe Wolfe explains that services need to focus more on the health and well-being of those with an ID

People with an intellectual disability are, in general, more likely to have poor health than their non-disabled peers (National Disability Authority 2011). This is recognised internationally and has received much attention over time. While there is an argument that sometimes this poorer health is related to the person’s disability, this is not exclusively the case. Indeed, there is growing evidence that the poorer health is often associated with, and influenced by, health inequality for people with intellectual disabilities...

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Jonathan Egan shares his tips on how fellow psychologists can keep the stresses of the job at bay.

As a psychologist, I suppose I should have a lot to say about wellbeing, although it is sometimes difficult to practice what I preach, particularly with two very small sons (Ted aged 2 years, 3 months, and Leo, a sparking 7 month old). I have, however, come across some bits of wisdom from the behavioural and medical sciences, and here are my top nine suggestions toward fostering your wellbeing...

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A series of articles describes several research methods used in gauging levels of happiness in individuals with learning disabilities. Ruth Catherine Cullen, Psychologist in Clinical Training

Introduction A recent series of articles published in the American Journal of Mental Retardation focused on the issue of happiness in the lives of people...

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The Eastern Health and Social Services Board (NI) and the four community trusts in its area have organised a series of information-sharing meetings about new initiatives with service users, support workers and carers (see Frontline 37, 22). Roy McConkey, University of Ulster and EHSSB, reports on the presentations and discussions at a workshop held last spring on the topic of sexuality and relationships.

There are three main reasons why services and their staffs cannot ignore the issue of sexuality. Ordinary lives: Our aim is for people with...