Calling for participants-research into attitudes towards learning disability

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Dear parents/siblings and other relatives of individuals with learning disabilities,

Our research group at University College London (UCL) is looking to gain a better understanding of family members’ experiences of caregiving, with a particular focus on perceptions and experiences relating to others’ attitudes to learning disability. There has been quite a lot of research on attitudes to people with learning disabilities among professionals and the general public. There has been very little research though on family members’ perceptions of others’ attitudes and behaviours, both to their family member with a learning disability and to them as parent/sibling/aunt or uncle etc. In order to gain a better understanding of this we would be grateful if you would consider completing a survey. Your responses will be anonymous and completion of the survey on average will take 15 to 20 minutes. You will be asked about positive and negative experience you’ve had as well as about broader aspects of caring for/supporting your family member. There will be some additional questions about your family members’ needs to help us put your responses into context.

We are looking to hear from family members of children as well as adults with learning disabilities. The study has formal ethical approval from University College London’s Research Ethics Committee.

Have your say by accessing the survey at this link:

We’ve also attached an ad for the survey and would be grateful if you could share this with anyone else who may be interested in taking part.

We thank you in advance for your help with this research.

Yours Sincerely,
Afia, Katrina & Natasha

Dr Afia Ali Dr Katrina Scior
Senior Clinical Lecturer Senior Lecturer

Natasha Mitter
Trainee Clinical Psychology

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Research Dept of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology
University College London
1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 7HB
Tel: 0207-6791845
Twitter & FB Tag: #LDhaveyoursay

Also: Centre for Research in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities: