The Study on the Perception Types of the Service Practitioners Working for Intellectually Disabled People on the Relationships with their Service Users

지적장애 이용자와의 관계에 대한 실천가의 인식유형

  • Received : 2009.10.21
  • Accepted : 2009.12.01
  • Published : 2010.02.28


The purpose of this study is to find out perception types of service practitioners working for intellectually disabled adults on the relationships with their service users who use residential and domiciliary care services. For this purpose, this study adopted two research methods: Q-methodology and survey. This study found out three major types of practitioners' perception on the relationships with their service users. The first is the type of superficial orientation for equal relationship. The second is the type of reflective recognition on the driven relationships by practitioners. The third is that of compassionate at the advocacy for service users. In the result of survey in which respondents are practitioners working in residential care homes, small group homes and community service centers, 48.2% of respondents show the first type, 40.5% the second, 11.1% the third. Recently, in the area of personal social service for the intellectually disabled people, the importance of service users' participation and self-determination in the process of service provision is gaining higher concerns. In this context, making change on relationships between service workers and users is raised as important issue. In this environment, the results of this study could be useful to develop equal and supporting relationships.


user;intellectually disabled people;relationship with service users;perception type;Q-methodology


Supported by : 한국학술진흥재단