“An exploration into the lived experiences of those in receipt of disability benefits”
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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On average, there are currently 11 million people with a disability in the UK (Gov, 2016). This led to the exploration of individuals experiences in relation to disability benefits. The current research that is out there that explores this topic is merely focused on disability rather than benefits or if it does relate to benefits the studies are mainly quantitative and do not focus on feelings and perceptions. The lack of research within this area created the ground for this qualitative study to explore the lived experiences of individuals in receipt of disability benefits. This is a phenomenological study, drawing on people’s lived experiences. The study will be inductive which means it will allow the information collected to lead the direction of the study. Participants in this study were recruited through ‘Organisation A’. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and a thematic analysis was used to extract themes from the data. The study found that participants experienced two levels of stigma; including stigma in relation to their disability and stigma in relation to claiming benefits. Participants felt that media enforced this type of stigma and wanted the media to show true portrays of the hardship they experience on a daily basis. Participants also felt that that the assessment process was daunting, however, were all grateful for the benefits system and would not be able to live without it.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
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