Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nina Hallowell
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Many professionals working with individuals with intellectual disability are unconcerned with why someone has the impairment. Genetic aspects may be viewed as, at best irrelevant, but more often, potentially negative. However, where the intellectual disability may be inherited, there are implications for family members and the individual. The data reported here derive from a study of the experiences of families with many boys or men with intellectual disability who were participating in genetic research aimed at finding new causes of intellectual disability. A qualitative design was used, interviewing 120 members of 37 kinships and using framework analysis to explore the data. These family members were positive about participating in the genetic research. They wanted an explanation for what was going on in their family and to enable other family members to have choices about reproduction although the genetic research was unlikely to benefit individuals with intellectual disability.
Author(s): Statham HW, Ponder M, Hallowell N, Richards MPM, Raymond L
Publication type: Article
Journal: British Journal of Learning Disabilities
Print publication date: 04/03/2010
ISSN (print): 1354-4187
ISSN (electronic): 1468-3156
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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