Self-reported exposure to disablism is associated with poorer self-reported health and well-being among adults with intellectual disabilities in England: A cross-sectional survey

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Abstract

Objectives: To determine the association between exposure to disablism and the health and well-being of adults with intellectual disabilities. Study design: Cross-sectional survey. Methods: Secondary analysis of data extracted from the survey of Adults with Learning Difficulties in England 2003/4. Results: Both self-reported exposure to bullying while at school and self-reported exposure to overt acts of disablism over the previous 12 months were associated with poorer self-reported health outcomes. In the vast majority of instances, these associations were stronger for people with lower levels of material or social resources. Conclusions: Exposure to overt acts of disablism may contribute to the health inequalities experienced by people with intellectual disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)682-689
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Health
Volume124
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bullying
  • Developmental delay
  • Disablism
  • Health inequalities
  • Intellectual disability
  • Learning disability

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