ERIC Number: EJ1048424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Using the International Classification of Functioning to Conceptualize Quality of Life among Rehabilitation Services Recipients
Fleming, Allison R.; Leahy, Michael J.
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, v28 n1 p2-23 2014
Researchers and policy makers have proposed that quality of life (QOL) is an important and useful way to measure the impact of services, although practical application of QOL in rehabilitation has been limited. In this study, a comprehensive framework (the International Classification of Functioning [ICF]) is used to compare the relationship between QOL and function in key life areas in a sample of adults with disabilities receiving vocational services (n = 224). Results of a multiple regression analysis indicated that level of education, duration of disability, difficulty with social relationships and inclusion, the impact of the disability or health condition on the person or his or her family, and relational support and attitudes of family, friends, and acquaintances showed significant relationships with QOL. This study highlights the role of the social impact of disability on QOL and provides support for the use of the ICF for conceptualizing disability and its impact in a way that is inclusive of personal and environmental factors.
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Classification, Disabilities, Adults, Multiple Regression Analysis, Educational Attainment, Time Perspective, Interpersonal Competence, Health Conditions, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Social Support Groups, Social Indicators, Social Influences, International Studies, Rehabilitation Programs, Rehabilitation Counseling, Outcomes of Treatment, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Measurement Techniques
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