Nurses’ perceived role on transition of adolescents with intellectual disabilities

African Journal of Disability

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Title Nurses’ perceived role on transition of adolescents with intellectual disabilities
Creator Malapela, Grace R. Thupayagale-Tshweneagae, Gloria Ibitoye, Olabisi F.
Subject Primary care , Family medicine Adolescents; adulthood; intellectual disabilities; nurses; role; transition
Description Background: The nurses’ role on the transition of adolescents living with intellectual disabilities has always been neglected. Nurses’ primary role is promote health, provide nursing care, alleviate suffering, and to rehabilitate. Improving the quality of life for individuals with intellectual disabilities when they undergo the transition process from adolescence to adulthood was previously not considered a priority.Objective : To explore the perceived nurses’ role on the transition of adolescents with intellectual disabilities into adulthood.Methods: A qualitative descriptive design using semi-structured interviews with 18 nurse participants were used. The sample included the nurses working in care and rehabilitation centres and non-governmental organisations in Tshwane District, Gauteng Province of South Africa were individually interviewed.Results: Three main themes that emerged from the analysis were support systems, advocacy and health promotion.Conclusion:  The findings of this study clearly show the need for a strong health care support system to facilitate a successful transition process. The study findings support the view that nurses can play a key role in assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families in dealing with the challenges of transitioning into adulthood.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor University of South Africa
Date 2020-12-14
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v9i0.674
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 9 (2020); 5 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
Language eng
Coverage Africa 2015 -2019 Nurses
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Olabisi Fatimo Ibitoye, Grace Rakgadi Malapela, Gloria Thupayagale-Tshweneagae