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Friendships Between Persons With and Without Developmental Disabilities

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Interpersonal connections, friendships and belonging, play important roles in a person's emotional and physical well-being. However, recent studies reveal that persons with developmental disabilities often live with few connections and friendships within unwelcoming communities. Through this qualitative study, we enter this relatively unexplored area of friendships between persons with and without developmental disabilities by interviewing four existing friendship dyads in the intentional community of L'Arche. In this research, these friendships are described, factors that foster or inhibit their development are identified, and communal influences on the relationships are discussed.

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Colin Pottie and John Sumarah
Mental Retardation Volume 42, Number 1: P 55-66, February 2004.
Publication Date
1 January 1970
Attitudes, Ethics, Friendship, Inclusion, Integration, Individualisation
United States

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