ERIC Number: EJ732710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
The Reading Behavior Inventory: An Outcome Assessment Tool
Goodrich, Gregory L.; Kirby, Jennine; Wood, Jennifer; Peters, Laura
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v100 n3 p164-168 Mar 2006
Many questionnaires attempt to assess the quality of life of individuals who are visually impaired (that is, those who are blind or have low vision), but few apply to those who are undergoing visual rehabilitation and hence are difficult to adapt as an outcome measure Massof & Rubin, 2001). The Reading Behavior Inventory (RBI) was developed as a targeted outcome measure of a low vision reading rehabilitation program. The Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC), located at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California, is an inpatient rehabilitation program that serves veterans who are legally blind. The design criteria that were considered in developing the RBI were that the inventory should measure changes in behaviors that are associated with reading: the types of materials that participants read and the participants' reading performance (speed), satisfaction with reading, reported difficulty reading, and reported duration of reading. The change in the participants' reading speed from the beginning to the end of the rehabilitation program was included as the effectiveness measure, while the remaining questions probed the participants' reading behaviors and perceptions of their ability.
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Outcomes of Treatment, Visual Impairments, Rehabilitation Programs, Reading, Reading Rate, Reading Ability, Behavior, Behavior Change, Reading Attitudes, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: California