Antaki2006a

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Antaki2006a
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Author(s) Charles Antaki, W. M. L. Finlay, Emma Sheridan, Trina Jingree, Chris Walton
Title Producing decisions in service-user groups for people with an intellectual disability: two contrasting facilitator styles
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Tag(s) EMCA, Intellectual disability
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Year 2006
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Journal Mental Retardation
Volume 44
Number 5
Pages 322–343
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DOI [[BibDOI::10.1352/0047-6765(2006)44[322:PDISGF]2.0.CO;2]]
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Abstract

Service-user groups whose goals include the promotion of self-advocacy for people with an intellectual disability aim, among other things, to encourage service users to identify problems and find solutions. However, service users' contributions to group sessions may not always be full and spontaneous. This presents a dilemma to the facilitator. In two case studies, we identify two ways in which the dilemma is managed. In one case, the facilitator takes an initiating role in each stage of a decision-making cycle. In the other, the facilitator short-circuits the decision-making cycle. The former seems to be closer to the philosophy of self-advocacy, but both nevertheless result in clients not taking the initiative and arguably disempowers them.

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