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‘Putting music on’: everyday leisure activities, choice-making and person-centred planning in a supported living scheme

Hassan, NA (2017) ‘Putting music on’: everyday leisure activities, choice-making and person-centred planning in a supported living scheme. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 45 (1). pp. 73-80. ISSN 1354-4187

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Abstract

Background: Person-centred planning, which commonly becomes formalised within services for people with learning disabilities through an Essential Lifestyle Plan (ELP), was intended to help place the choices of individuals at the forefront of service provision. However, beyond UK government policy rhetoric, scholars have raised issues regarding the capacity of person-centred planning to empower people with learning disabilities to make choices about various aspects of their lives. This article assesses these debates, paying attention to the relationship between ELPs and choices made in relation to leisure activities. Materials and Methods: To examine leisure activities and choice-making in depth, the article draws upon ethnographic research conducted with four adults living in a supported living scheme. It focuses upon their domestic musical activities, connecting data derived from participant observation with the contents of ELPs. Results: This study found that person-centred planning underplayed processes involved with articulations of musical choice and also the peculiarities of the settings in which choices were made. It also found that leisure preferences expressed in ELPs did not effectively convey the richness and sociocultural significance of everyday domestic musical activities within the supported living scheme. Conclusions: Person-centred planning should not be divorced from social context, relationships and differing degrees of dependency. Domestic leisure activities such as listening to music, while not necessarily ‘meaningful’ in the terms laid out in UK policy discourse, can become crucial resources for social bonding for people with learning disabilities. Thus, they should be considered carefully as part of a dynamic, socially situated and person-centred planning process.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article: Hassan, N. (2017), ‘Putting music on’: everyday leisure activities, choice-making and person-centred planning in a supported living scheme. Br J Learn Disabil, 45: 73–80. doi:10.1111/bld.12178, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bld.12178
Uncontrolled Keywords: choice; ethnography; learning disabilities; leisure; music; person-centred planning
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 11:44
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 18:46
DOI or Identification number: 10.1111/bld.12178
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5159

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