Children and adolescents with learning disabilities: promoting positive mental wellbeing

Thomas, Courtney Ellis (2016) Children and adolescents with learning disabilities: promoting positive mental wellbeing. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    There has been an increasing awareness of the mental health of children and adolescents with learning disabilities. There are a variety of research studies conducted to distinguish the correlation of mental health and learning disabilities. This literature review, conducts and analysis of the available research, literature and publications to inform recommendations for professionals, parents and guardians. The recommendations consider the recognition of key influencing factors to developing poor mental health, including social, emotional, biomedical and economic status. Additionally, the literature review considers the implications for exposure to psychosocial disadvantages and life adversities. Furthermore, an analysis of research regarding the promotion of mental health, and service user contributions to publications, and the implications for future practice. Research is becoming increasingly inclusive and aims to capture the narratives and experiences of children and adolescents with learning disabilities. Service user evaluations of support and experiences, informs future practice and promotes reflection. Knowledge derived from research, literature and publications inform the recommendations, with particular attention to the approaches undertaken by professionals, parents and guardians. The significance of a person centred approach, empowerment and emotional resilience are essential to promoting the mental wellbeing of children and adolescents with learning disabilities.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 15:13
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 15:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21379

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