Friendship among adults who have developmental disabilities Academic Article uri icon


  • The difference between people with developmental disabilities who did and did not have peer-group friends was investigated by interviewing 36 adults attending day centers. Those with a friend were significantly more likely to describe themselves positively on all dimensions. Results showed that people without a peer-group friend were similar to lonely people without disabilities on two of the three factors explored. Qualitative analysis of subjects' descriptions of their friends suggested that most of the people interviewed had relatively shallow relationships.

publication date

  • January 1, 1991