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Changes in understandings and perceptions of individuals, significant others and community supporters involved in a theatre company for adults with intellectual disabilities

Dickinson, Danielle; Hutchinson, Nick

Authors

Danielle Dickinson



Abstract

Background: Theatre companies to show positive capabilities and identities of people with intellectual disabilities have been established. Existing research focuses upon sole theatre performances, and rarely includes the impacts on those in the immediate and wider contexts of people with intellectual disabilities.
Methods: The impacts of a theatre company on understandings and perceptions of intellectual disabilities from multiple perspectives were explored. Interviews with members with intellectual disabilities (n=14), and focus groups with significant people in their lives (n=11) and community supporters (n=10) were conducted, and analysed using thematic analysis.
Results: Four superordinate and nine subordinate themes were identified. The theatre company increased members’ connectivity, allowed them to experience parts of life they are often excluded from, and enabled growth for all participants, leading to a desire to extend the theatre company’s ethos elsewhere.
Conclusions: The importance of such organisations to improve perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities is emphasised.

Citation

Dickinson, D., & Hutchinson, N. (2019). Changes in understandings and perceptions of individuals, significant others and community supporters involved in a theatre company for adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(3), 691-705. https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12564

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 7, 2018
Online Publication Date Feb 4, 2019
Publication Date 2019-05
Deposit Date Dec 17, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Print ISSN 1360-2322
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 3
Pages 691-705
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12564
Keywords Intellectual disabilities; Perceptions; Arts; Theatre; Community psychology
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/1192536
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jar.12564

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