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Friendships and patterns of social leisure participation among Norwegian adolescents with Down syndrome.

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Source
J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2019 Sep; 32(5):1184-1193
Publication Type
Journal Article
Date
Sep-2019
Author
Anne-Stine Dolva
Marit Kollstad
Jo Kleiven
Author Affiliation
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Elverum, Norway.
Source
J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2019 Sep; 32(5):1184-1193
Date
Sep-2019
Language
English
Publication Type
Journal Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Down Syndrome
Family
Female
Friends
Humans
Interpersonal Relations
Leisure Activities
Male
Norway
Peer Group
Qualitative Research
Social Participation
Abstract
A first generation of adolescents with Down syndrome have grown up in Norway's inclusive society. This study explored their friendships and social leisure participation, mainly as it is reflected through their subjective experience.
The analysis is based on qualitative interviews and observations of 22 teens aged 17 years.
Generally, the adolescents described their social life as rich and varied, occurring in several contexts with different companions. Their thoughts of friendships were quite extensive, also including less close relationships. Three main contextual patterns of social participation were revealed: (a) the family at home pattern, (b) the peer group pattern and (c) the arranged company pattern. The relationship between the national policy on social inclusion and these findings is discussed.
To understand the barriers and opportunities in the social life of Norwegian adolescents with Down syndrome, it is essential to acknowledge the extent of their experiences with friendship and the characteristics of their social participation patterns.
PubMed ID
31038247 View in PubMed
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