ERIC Number: ED253044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-16
Reference Count: 0
Factor Analytic Structure of the Adaptive Behavior Scale (Part I). Using Community-Based Subjects: Implications for Program Development.
Staik, Irene M.
To test whether or not the factor structure of the Adaptive Behavior Scale (Part I) (ABS) differs when community-based mentally retarded subjects are used rather than institutionalized retarded subjects, the ABS was administered to 100 mentally retarded adults living at home and being served by community daytreatment programs. A principle components analysis with orthogonal rotation of the ABS data yielded three meaningful factors: Community Independence (accounting for 78.2% of the variance), Personal Independence (13.4%), and Vocational-Social Independence (8.4%). Previous research on institutionalized Ss had indicated that the primary factor contained in the ABS was one dealing with personal health, grooming, and basic self-care skills. The present study indicates that community awareness and mobility are of more importance to community-based retarded adults than are personal self-care skills. Implications of the present study for community-based day-treatment programs for mentally retarded adults suggest the need to focus on community awareness activities rather than on basic self-care skills for mentally retarded adult clients. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adaptive Behavior Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (13th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1984).