Reported goal setting and benefits of person centred planning for people with intellectual disabilities

Sarah Wigham, Janet Robertson, Eric Emerson, Chris Hatton, Johan Elliott, Barbara McIntosh, Paul Swift, Emma Krinjen-Kemp, Christine Towers, Renee Romeo, Martin Knapp, Helen Sanderson, Martin Routledge, Peter Oakes, Theresa Joyce

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Recent research suggests that person centred planning (PCP) can have a positive impact on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. This article presents data from open-ended comments collected during research on the impact of PCP on the life experiences of 65 people with intellectual disabilities living in England. These comments addressed the goals set prior to and during PCP, and the main benefits of PCP for participants. The results suggest that PCP led to increased goal setting in a range of goal categories. This was reflected in the most common main benefit of PCP of 'increased activities and opportunities' reported for 57 percent of participants. For 48 percent of participants, a main benefit of PCP was that they felt better in themselves, in terms of happiness or self-esteem. This must surely be the ultimate aim of those seeking to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-152
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Person centred planning


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