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Personal experience and perception of abuse in people with intellectual disabilities

Authors:
LEUTAR Zdravka, VITLOV Josipa, LEUTAR Ivan
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 18(3), 2014, pp.249-269.
Publisher:
Sage
Place of publication:
London

This article presents a qualitative study designed to gain insight into personal experience and perception of abuse in people with intellectual disabilities. Ten members of the organization for people with intellectual disabilities in Zadar, Croatia, who have a diagnosis of light or moderate intellectual disability, were included in the research. Analysis of responses showed that most participants had experienced psychological, physical and financial abuse. The most frequent perpetrators of abuse were identified by participants as friends, acquaintances and volunteer carers. Typical sites for the experience of abuse were school, social clubs/support institutions, the street and the urban environment. Most participants seek assistance and support in cases of abuse through discussion with their loved ones, mostly their parents and friends. In addition to such informal relationships, some participants mentioned the importance of formal forms of support. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

Advocacy project in Central Europe

Author:
KLEIN Judith
Journal article citation:
Breakthrough, 2(1), 1998, pp.19-25.

Reports on the Central European Mental Disability Advocacy Project (CEMDAP), whose mission is to promote the inclusion of people with both developmental disabilities and mental health problems. CEMDAP provides direct funding and support for non-governmental organisations.

Journal article

Persons with developmental difficulties in the social care system

Authors:
TEODOROVIC Borka, BRATKOVIC Daniela
Journal article citation:
Revija Za Socijalnu Politiku Journal of Social Policy, 8(3-4), 2001, pp.279-290.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb

Discusses problems with services for people with learning difficulties in Croatia.

Journal article

A child with mental retardation in the family

Authors:
LEUTAR Zdravka, RAIC Ivanka
Journal article citation:
Ljetopis Studijskog Centra Socijalnog Rada, 9(1), 2002, pp.29-47.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb
Place of publication:
Zagreb

It has been determined that the arrival of a child with learning difficulties in the world changes the course of family life, strengthens its cohesion and connects members of the family together. This research shows that professional and social support are very important to parents raising children with learning difficulties and that this has not been sufficiently developed in Croatia. [Article in Croatian].

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