Social support for students with visual impairments in educational institutions : an integrative literature review

Manitsa, Ifigeneia and Doikou, Maro (2020) Social support for students with visual impairments in educational institutions : an integrative literature review. British Journal of Visual Impairment, ISSN (print) 1744-5809 (Epub Ahead of Print)

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Abstract

Students with visual impairments often experience emotional problems and encounter difficulties in forming and maintaining social relationships. Research indicates that the social support provided to these students by staff members and their peers in educational institutions may have a positive impact on their academic learning and socioemotional development. The purpose of this integrative literature review was to synthesise the results from 17 academic articles published during 1998 and 2018, which examined the topic of social support for students with visual impairments in educational institutions. This review reveals that for students with visual impairments cooperation, empathetic behaviour, and practical assistance are the main components of social support. These students actively seek social support from staff members and peers, but they face many challenges, such as the lack of training and awareness. Support from staff members contributes to students’ academic learning and social inclusion, whereas peers’ social support enhances their self-esteem and social acceptance. The outlined positive effects of educational interventions on students’ social skills and social interaction support the need for implementing more interventions. The limitations of the studies reviewed and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ophthalmology
Research Area: Education
Psychiatry, neuroscience and clinical psychology
Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Mr Jisc Router
Depositing User: Mr Jisc Router
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 12:48
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 12:48
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0264619620941885
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/46642

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