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“I’m very comfortable with her” : An exploration of the importance of friendship to young women with disabilities and how these friendships are created

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dc.contributor.author Ryan, Maeve
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-03T11:23:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-03T11:23:33Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5765
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction There are 600,000 people with disabilities in Ireland. Friendship has been indicated as an area of concern for people with disabilities. Friendship has a positive effect on life satisfaction, success and mental health, in particular among young women. It has also been highlighted as an important life occupation that is central to facilitating performance of occupation. The research seeks to answer the question “What is the importance of friendship to women in Ireland with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 30 and how do they create these friendships?” Methodology A sample of fifteen semi-structured interviews from women aged 18 to 30 with a variety of disabilities were accessed from a larger dataset of 93 semi-structured interviews collected over the last three years and were analysed using thematic analysis. These interviewees were recruited from mental health services, primary care centres and public health offices across the Mid-West of Ireland. Findings Three main themes were generated from codes. These were the temporal aspect of friendship in creating and maintaining meaningful friendships, the support found in friendship and friendship as a vehicle for occupation. Conclusion These findings mirror those found in other research completed on the subject of friendship. They add to limited research on this topic with this cohort of women between the ages of 18 and 30 who have a disability. It also underscored the importance of friendship with regards to meaningful occupation. In practice, understanding about how people with disabilities participate in occupation can enhance the client-centred and evidence-based nature of occupational therapy services into the future. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject disabilities en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject friendship en_US
dc.title “I’m very comfortable with her” : An exploration of the importance of friendship to young women with disabilities and how these friendships are created en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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