Community-based day-care services for people with intellectual disabilities in Georgia: A step towards their social integration

Tamar Makharadze, Anastasia Kitiashvili, John C. Bricout

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Abstract

This article discusses the role of community-based day-care services in the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities in the Republic of Georgia. The study explores the impact of this service on users' social-adaptive skills, social life and sense of happiness, comparing service users and a matched comparison group. A mixed-methods approach was used to assess the influence of day-care-centre services on social adaptation and integration. Results indicated that the level of social-adaptive skills was higher for day-care-centre participants than for the comparison group along several key dimensions. Similarly, the level of social integration was higher for the day-care-centre group, although the two groups did not differ significantly on reported happiness. The findings from this study revealed that day-care-centre participants with intellectual disabilities enjoyed a greater degree of social interaction and socializing opportunities than their non-participant peers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-301
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

Keywords

  • day-care centres
  • happiness
  • social adaptation
  • social integration

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