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Life stories Narratives of Adults with Dual Diagnosis of Intellectual Disability and Mental Disorders: Personal Identity, Quality of Life and Future Orientation

Catalog # 890-64-2018 | Supervised by: Batya Hefziba Lifshitz

This work was supported by a grant from Shalem Fund
The aim of this study was to examine the narratives of life stories told by adults with dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and mental disorders, through the aspects of: personal identity, quality of life and future orientation. There were 12 participants with intellectual disability and mental disorders of schizophrenia and personal disorders
The research model is based on the" Three Function Model of Autobiographical Memory")Pillemer, 2003 ;Bluck, Alea, Habermas, & Rubin, 2005: Harris, Rasmussen, & Berntsen, 2014(.The method of the research was Narrative qualitative by applying a semi built- in interviews (Shkedi, 2003;Tracy, 2019). The findings showed that the mental disability is dominant in the personal identity and it was significantly higher than the awareness to the intellectual disability
The life quality of the participants is much better in the present in comparison to the past. From the perspective of future orientation, the findings indicate that there are aspirations in regard to employment, relations, family and health. But the main aspiration, in a significant way, is the aspiration for independence and for having control over their lives

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Key words
People with intellectual developmental disabilities
Life stories
Dual diagnosis
Mental disorders
Schizophrenia
Personal disorders
Personal identity
Quality of life
Future orientation
Shalem Fund study

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