Knowing, being or doing?: A comparative study on human service professionals' perceptions of quality in day-to-day encounters with clients and students with intellectual disabilities
2017 (English)In: Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, ISSN 1744-6295, E-ISSN 1744-6309Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
What does it mean to decide, act and behave in a professional manner towards people with intellectual disabilities? This article analyses how professionals from three welfare organizations describe quality in daily encounters with people with intellectual disabilities. Four hundred and twenty-one respondents participated in the study. Our empirical data consisted of written excerpts exclusively. Findings revealed that quality in encounters with people with intellectual disabilities was associated with personal attributes, pertinent knowledge, professional actions and ideological awareness. Findings also show differences in responses, both quantitatively (frequency) and qualitatively (content), which seem to be associated with organization. This reflects that human service organizations, as normative environments, underpin ideas about relevance and appropriateness in day-to-day situations, forming actions and perceptions among its members. Our conclusion is that organizational context needs to be considered to enhance our knowledge on how different categories of professionals view quality and moral worth when working with people with intellectual disabilities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
human service organizations, intellectual disabilities, quality, professional encounters
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131973DOI: 10.1177/1744629517694705OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131973DiVA: diva2:1077434