Television viewing habits and preferences of adults and young people with intellectual disability: A survey using a Talking Mats® - Questionnaire

Bunning, Karen, Davies, R, Greenwood, J, Sturman, E and Toner, C (2014) Television viewing habits and preferences of adults and young people with intellectual disability: A survey using a Talking Mats® - Questionnaire. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27 (4). p. 366. ISSN 1468-3148

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Abstract

Aims: Watching television is a popular leisure activity in the U.K. The aim of this study was to investigate the television viewing habits and preferences of adults and young people with intellectual disability. Methods: A survey was conducted using a Talking Mats® - Questionnaire (TM-Q) that was devised and piloted for the purpose. An interactive resource, the respondent expresses their views by placing picture symbols on a carpet mat displaying a rating scale. Twenty-eight adults and young people participated. Administration of the TM-Q was video recorded. The data were analysed and factors of age, gender and communicative ability examined. Results: Television watching occupied a large amount of participant leisure time. The communicatively less able group watched significantly more television than the more able group. Many favoured watching with friends and family, and socially interacting. The most popular genre of programme was ‘Soaps’ and the least - ‘News and Politics’. Age and gender of participants did not appear to be factors in their habits and preferences. Conclusion: Television watching occupies a high proportion of time and represents a social activity for many. ‘Communicative ability’ as a factor in television watching as a leisure pursuit warrants further investigation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Abstracts of the Fourth International IASSIDD Europe Regional Congress 14–17 July, 2014, Vienna
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 14:56
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 23:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/51742
DOI: 10.1111/jar.12106

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