Heyman, Bob and Huckle, Sarah (1993) ‘Normal’ Life in a Hazardous World: How Adults with Moderate Learning Difficulties and Their Carers Cope with Risks and Dangers. Disability and Society, 8 (2). pp. 143-160. ISSN 0968-7599

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 adults with moderate learning difficulties attending Adult Training Centres and with their informal carers. Interviews covered friendships, relationships with the opposite sex, leisure and independent living and were analysed using a grounded theory approach. Ways of dealing with hazards emerged as an important theme. Hazards could be seen as dangers to be avoided or as risks to be calculated and minimised. Adults and informal carers usually viewed hazards in a similar way but there were conflicts of view in some families. Treating hazards as dangers to be avoided appeared to be associated with professional or skilled manual social background and the presence of both parents in the household.

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