Communication and self-esteem in adults with Down syndrome

Jackson, Claire and Cavenagh, Penny and Clibbens, J. (2014) Communication and self-esteem in adults with Down syndrome. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 49 (3). pp. 275-287. ISSN 13682822 (ISSN)

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Background It is estimated that around 50-90% of people with learning disabilities experience difficulties in communicating. Previous research has linked communication difficulties and self-esteem in other populations, yet this relationship has not previously been investigated for people with Down syndrome. Aims To explore the relationship between communication and self-esteem in adults with Down syndrome. This research also aimed to offer an empowering and inclusive opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to be involved in research. Methods & Procedures Recruitment took place via a charity established for people with Down syndrome. Twelve adults with Down syndrome and an adult they nominated were approached. A qualitative methodology was selected to explore communication and self-esteem. A thematic analysis focused on the qualitative data collected via semi-structured interviews. Outcomes & Results Major themes within the data revealed that a relationship between communication and self-esteem may exist for adults with Down syndrome. Conclusions & Implication This study demonstrated that people with Down syndrome may experience low self-esteem that may be linked to communication. The clinical implications of this are considered and areas for future research are identified. © 2014 Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Item Type: Article
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12 March 2014Published Online
1 September 2013Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: adults, communication, Down syndrome, self-esteem, adolescent, adult, behavior, disability, Down syndrome, female, human, interpersonal communication, male, patient selection, psychology, self concept, social adaptation, statistics, young adult, Adolescent, Adult, Communication, Disability Evaluation, Down Syndrome, Female, Humans, Male, Patient Selection, Power (Psychology), Self Concept, Social Adjustment, Statistics as Topic, Young Adult
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: John Clibbens
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2016 09:59
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:43

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