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Impact of social advocacy on updating incapacity determination procedures for people with intellectual disabilities in Poland

Authors:
FIRKOWSKA-MANKIEWICZ Anna, SZEROCZYNSKA Malgorzata
Journal article citation:
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 6(3), September 2009, pp.219-228.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

The authors discuss the antecedents to recent changes in Poland's guardianship laws. These include a review of: (1) historical procedures in place for adjudicating incapacity; (2) research carried out in 2000 on the initiative of the Polish Association for Persons with Mental Handicap (PAPMH) on judicial practices in Polish courts with respect to adjudicating persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) as legally incapable; and (3) a successful lobbying campaign conducted by the PAPMH to institute changes in the law to improve the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.

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The role of personality in the relationship between criminal social identity and criminal thinking style within a sample of prisoners with learning difficulties

Authors:
BODUSZEK Daniel, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Learning Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 3(1), 2012, pp.12-23.
Publisher:
Emerald

Social Identity Theory states that identity and thinking style are strongly related. This study explored the nature of personality in the relationship between criminal social identity and criminal thinking style. Data were obtained on a sample consisting of 312 male Polish prisoners with learning disabilities incarcerated in Nowogard High Security Prison in Poland. Findings indicated the unique effect of extraversion, psychoticism, in-group affect, and in-group ties on criminal thinking style. In terms of the moderating role of personality, the in-group affect was more strongly associated with criminal thinking for low levels of extraversion, whereas high levels of extraversion moderated the positive relationship between in-group ties and criminal thinking style. The findings suggest the moderating role of personality in the relationship between criminal identity and criminal thinking style of offenders with learning difficulties.

Journal article

Social integration of adults with intellectual disabilities in Georgia: lessons from Poland and the USA

Author:
MAKHARADZE Tamar
Journal article citation:
International Social Work, 53(1), January 2010, pp.47-59.
Publisher:
Sage

This article discusses ways of facilitating social integration for adults with intellectual disabilities in Georgia, by considering experiences from Poland and the USA. Poland has seen recent positive changes and the USA has well-developed policies in this field. What can Georgia learn from the experiences of these countries?

Journal article

Social policy and people with intellectual disabilities in Poland: enhancing quality of life?

Authors:
OTREBSKI Wojciech, NORTHWAY Ruth, MANSELL Ian
Journal article citation:
Journal of Learning Disabilities, 7(4), December 2003, pp.363-374.
Publisher:
Sage

The past decade has been a time of great political, social and economic change within Poland. Such changes have affected the lives of all citizens including those with an intellectual disability. However, within the English language literature there is little published concerning the impact of changes in social policy on this group of people and the extent to which their quality of life has been enhanced. This article thus considers the difficult relationship between quality of life and social policy, provides an overview of key policy developments within Poland (both general and disability specific), and outlines some ways in which they have impacted on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. It is suggested that further research is required before clear conclusions can be drawn. Areas for service development and research are thus proposed.

Journal article

A fair hearing: public perceptions

Authors:
WILLIAMS Chris, RHEAD Adrian
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 28.8.97, 1997, pp.22-23.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Looks at different public perceptions of people with learning disabilities involved in the criminal justice system, including the perceptions of people who enforce the law.

Journal article

Parenting stress and coping styles in mothers and fathers of pre-school children with autism and Down syndrome

Authors:
DABROWSKA A., PISULA E.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 54(3), March 2010, pp.266-280.
Publisher:
Wiley

This study examined the profile of stress for 162 parents of pre-school children with autism, Down syndrome and typically developing children, and to assess the association between parenting stress and coping style. Findings indicated a higher than average level of stress in parents of children with autism. Also, an interaction effect was revealed between the child’s diagnostic group and parent's gender for two scales of parenting stress: dependency and management; and limits of family opportunities. Mothers of children with autism scored higher than fathers in parental stress, whereas no such differences were found in the group of parents of children with Down syndrome and typically developing children. It was found that parents of children with autism differed from parents of typically developing children in social diversion coping. Emotional coping was the predictor for parental stress in the samples of parents of children with autism and Down syndrome, and task-oriented coping was the predictor of parental stress in the sample of parents of typically developing children. The results strongly supported earlier findings on parenting stress in parents of children with autism, and also shed light on the relationship between coping styles and parental stress.

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