This research presents a qualitative analysis of issues concerning the care and
identities of people with profound learning disabilities moving from hospital to a
community home. Life story books were introduced and investigated as a resource
for presenting biographical information about the clients. Talk concerning the
compilation and subsequent use of these life story books, during the transition from
hospital to community care, was examined using discourse analysis. Analysis reveals
how parents and carers constitute mutual identities of themselves and the person with
learning disabilites. Although the clients can not talk for themselves they are
represented. by their carers and relatives, as having a position on their own identities
and those of others around them. These fmdinas contribute to the debate on the
nature of relationships between people with learning disabilities and their carers.
Interdependencies between research and practice, are also examined through an
analysis of the way the life story books are used in the setting.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.