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Measuring the activity of severely and profoundly mentally-handicapped adults in ordinary housing

Mansell, Jim, Jenkins, Judith, Felce, David John and de Kock, Ursula 1984. Measuring the activity of severely and profoundly mentally-handicapped adults in ordinary housing. Behaviour Research and Therapy 22 (1) , pp. 23-29. 10.1016/0005-7967(84)90029-9

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Earlier work on the quality of care in settings for severely and profoundly mentally-handicapped adults raised the question whether any useful purpose is served by promoting the extensive use of simple recreational materials to occupy people. Data were collected by direct observation on the activity of 6 adults living in a staffed house organized to promote engagement in household activities. Observations were taken over 5 weekdays from 07.00 to 10.00 and 15.00 to 23.00hr. The results showed that Ss spent between 22 and 67% of available time in purposeful activity. Between 27 and 65% of purposeful activity was engagement in domestic or housework tasks. Even the most handicapped people spent more time engaged in housework than in leisure and recreational tasks. The implications of these data are commented on and measurement issues which arise in ordinary housing as opposed to institutional settings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0005-7967
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 03:45

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