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Empowerment makes partners and co-operators?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Social Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4140-2746
2010 (English)In: JARID: Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, ISSN 1360-2322, E-ISSN 1468-3148, Vol. 23, no 5, 453-453 p.Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) PublishedText
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Aim: To examine how acting in a research-circle could empower people with ID.Method: For 15 years, using a co-research paradigm, six people with ID workwith me as partners and co-operators to develop focal questions from their everyday lives. We gather, act, interpret and present the data together. On their behalf, I will present some of their research-questions and some of the results ofour interviews and first-hand experiences. Results: The results showed that these six people, one man and five women, working together with me as a researcher, had important research questions about their everyday life experiences. They, for example, have experienced phenomena such as being between worlds. The research method has empowered them to a greater knowledge about society. This research also showed that professional social care workers sometimes help improve life conditions. But sometimes, factors that should empower people with ID are misused. Conclusion: To work with user participation in this kind way as a practical social care worker is possible. This empowerment philosophy requires attention to both staff and researcher intentions, their action and follow through over time.

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2010. Vol. 23, no 5, 453-453 p.
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social work, intellectual disabilities, particapatory research, empowerment
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Social Work
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-40488DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00585.xISI: 000280980100288OAI: diva2:905327
3rd International Conference of IASSID-Europe, 20-22 October, 2010, Rome
Available from: 2016-02-22 Created: 2016-02-17 Last updated: 2016-02-22Bibliographically approved

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