The friendships of people with a learning disability

Rachel Brackenridge, Karen McKenzie

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Friendships are important to most people, including those with a learning disability (Cummins and Lau 2003). Not only do they provide non-judgemental warmth and understanding, friendships allow the development and confirmation of self-identity and can raise and sustain self-esteem (Firth and Rapley 1990). Furthermore, social support is believed to act as a protective factor with regard to some mental health problems, such as depression (Brown and Harris 1978).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-17
JournalLearning Disability Practice
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005


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