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Friends and family: regulation and relationships on the locked ward

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Disability and Society
Issue number10
Volume31
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)1385-1402
Publication statusPublished
Early online date16/12/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This ethnographic project explored the lives of women with learning disabilities on three locked wards. Aspects of these women’s lives were regulated by the service; in particular, relationships with family outside the unit, and peer relationships inside the unit. The women in this study valued these relationships, but they were treated with ambivalence by the service. Success in future community integration and accessing community resources can be dependent on the nature and quality of relationships with others, and therefore services should acknowledge that service-users need to forge relationships of their own choosing.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Society on 16/12/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09687599.2016.1261693