Creative ways of talking: a narrative literature review concerning emotional support for adults with mild or moderate learning difficulties*

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Abstract

Background:

Adults with mild or moderate learning difficulties identified a need for more opportunities to access appropriate emotional support.

Materials and Methods:

A narrative literature review was undertaken. Factors associated with dealing with emotional unrest, such as self-esteem/self-awareness, a person's attitude to having learning difficulties, emotional competency and friendship issues are discussed.

Results:

The review provides evidence that emotional unrest exists but receives little attention from supporters due to an emphasis on practical issues associated with an inclusion agenda. The review highlights a lack of research on emotional support for adults and explores reasons for this.

Conclusion:

The value that people with learning difficulties place on support from others with learning difficulties, that is peer support, emerges as a theme and an argument is presented for further inclusive research in this area.

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