Understanding the resilience processes involved in social participation amongst visually impaired adults in the UK

Edwards, Angela Marion (2017). Understanding the resilience processes involved in social participation amongst visually impaired adults in the UK. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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The current thesis explores the construct of resilience amongst visually impaired people who participate in social life. Three studies were used to investigate the resilience factors and processes involved in social participation for visually impaired people living in the UK. Study one set out to identify the factors associated with an increased risk of social isolation. Taking social participation as a proximal indicator of social participation, a secondary analysis of survey data compared the social support status of participants taking part in three surveys (Network 1000, RNIB needs survey and Household Survey England). The results indicate visually impaired people who are registered are least likely to have access to social support. Study two, a two round Delphi study sought the views of twenty-two experts to define social participation as well as the risk and protective factors underpinning social participation and specifically, those relating to visual impairment. The findings suggest that whilst independence and confidence were amongst the protective factors located at an individual level, a number of risk factors located across a visually impaired person’s ecologies pose a challenge to their participation. The findings also revealed the emergence of resilience processes. The final study (Study 3) further explores resilience processes using data collected by six visually impaired people whilst participating in their local communities. Reflecting the findings of the Delphi, the findings indicated that the personal attributes of individuals played an important role in being able to participate independently such as planning ahead and positive attitude even when things go wrong.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
L Education > L Education (General)
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/7911


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