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Title: Overprotection in the lives of people with intellectual disability in Malta : knowing what is control and what is enabling support
Authors: Callus, Anne-Marie
Bonello, Isabel
Mifsud, Charmaine
Fenech, Rosanne
Keywords: Children with mental disabilities -- Malta
Children with mental disabilities -- Family relationships
People with mental disabilities -- Malta
People with mental disabilities -- Family relationships
Parental overprotection -- Malta
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Callus, A. M., Bonello, I., Mifsud, C., & Fenech, R. (2019). Overprotection in the lives of people with intellectual disability in Malta: knowing what is control and what is enabling support. Disability & Society, 34(3), 345-367.
Abstract: A study of overprotection in the lives of persons with intellectual disability in Malta was carried out on the principles of inclusive research. Focus groups were held with people with intellectual disability, parents of people with intellectual disability, and those working with persons with intellectual disability. Overprotection is a disabling barrier. Its effects were identified in employment, leisure time, intimate relationships, and the use of public transport, money, and mobile phones. People with intellectual disabil- ity who experience overprotection live very structured lives. They cannot develop their skills, abilities, and potential. Furthermore, they cannot live their life on their own terms, but on terms determined by others. This creates a sustained dependence on others, especially the family. It is important that a balance is achieved between protection and enabling support. Persons with intellectual disability should be given the support they need to express their wishes and act on them.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/59680
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