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Now recruiting participants to help us learn more about wellbeing and self- esteem in people with learning disabilities

By m.osborne, on 2 August 2021

The concept of wellbeing has gained increasing interest over the years. The World Health Organisation defines wellbeing as a state ‘which allows individuals to realise their abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to their community’.

We are interested in learning more about wellbeing and self-esteem in people with learning disabilities. In order to do this, we must establish a good quality measure of wellbeing in people with learning disabilities. The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) (Tennant et al., 2007) is a widely used measure that was developed to measure wellbeing in the general population. We have adapted this scale for people with learning disabilities and are keen for people to complete it, in order to help us understand whether it is a reliable measure which may be used in research and services in the future.

We also want to find out if self-esteem, wellbeing and other psychological and socio demographic factors are related.

Therefore, we are looking to recruit people with mild to moderate learning disabilities (aged 16 or over) to participate in our study. This will involve completing some questionnaires online, over a video call supported by one of us, as a researcher.

You will be given a £10 voucher as a token of our appreciation. As we are also interested in seeing how consistent our measures are over time, we will be asking some of you to meet with us again, one to two weeks later. If this is the case, you will be given an additional £5 voucher.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Maya Patel and Jun Yi Lee (maya.patel.12@ucl.ac.uk) for further details on the project.

Maya Patel and Jun Yi Lee

Trainee Clinical Psychologists


Supervised by Prof. Katrina Scior

Research Dept of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology

University College London

Gower Street

London WC1E 7HB

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