Promoting Wellness in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through Relationships
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Purpose of Review
Social ties are essential to the health and wellness of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); however, a better understanding of factors that promote and support the development of social relationships is needed to develop effective policies and interventions to promote wellness.
Three factors that influence the formation and maintenance of social ties for people with IDD are individual capacity, interpersonal supports, and organizational or community supports.
The benefits of a strong social network and the dangers of isolation have been well established in people with and without IDD. Yet, there is a lack of research and planning around how best to support people with IDD in developing and maintaining social relationships. Policy and organizational changes as well as increased research attention is needed to promote the health and wellness of people with IDD by nurturing relationships.
Keywordsintellectual disability developmental disabilities wellness health social relationships
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Conflict of Interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.
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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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