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Personal Support Networks of Young People with Mild Intellectual Disabilities during the Transition to Adult Life

Abstract: Social support networks occupy a priority position requiring attention in the processes of social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, during their transition to adult life. The objective of the study was to analyze social support from a relational approach through Personal Network Analysis. A total of 41 young people with mild intellectual disabilities participated in the study, in two groups differentiated according to their educational stage, either compulsory secondary education or post-compulsory training. Descriptive and comparative results are presented based on the variables of structure, composition, and functional content in the social support of their personal networks. The results show that both groups have restricted personal networks, made up of members of the family and the educational environment who constitute the main providers of support. When moving towards adult life, the change in social contacts in other educational, geographical, and relational settings may mean a change in the provision of support received in previous life stages. Developing social and educational actions to support these people in the development and maintenance of social relationships is essential to their access to support resources that will affect their social inclusion.

 Fuente: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(22), 11810

 Editorial: MDPI

 Fecha de publicación: 11/11/2021

 Nº de páginas: 21

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182211810

 ISSN: 1661-7827,1660-4601

 Proyecto español: EDU2017- 84989-R

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.3390/ ijerph182211810