Efforts in enhancing social contacts of persons with severe of profound intellectual and multiple disabilities: Analysing individual support plans in the Netherlands

Aafke Kamstra, Annette van der Putten, Carla Vlaskamp

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Most people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) have limited social contact and it is unclear what is done to maintain or increase these contacts. Individual support planning (ISP) can be used in the systematic enhancement of social contacts. This study analyses the content of ISPs with respect to the social contacts of people with PIMD. ISPs for 60 persons with PIMD in the Netherlands were inductively coded and illustrated with quotations. It turned out that every ISP contained information about social contacts. Of all the quotations extracted, 71.2% were about current conditions, 6.2% were about the future and less than 1% concerned actual goals. The social contacts of people with PIMD are mentioned in their ISPs, but this is rarely translated into goals. The results of the current study suggest that attention should be paid to ensuring that professionals understand the importance of social contacts and their application in practice.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)158-174
Aantal pagina's17
TijdschriftJournal of intellectual & developmental disability
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
Vroegere onlinedatum7-feb.-2016
StatusPublished - 2017

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