ERIC Number: EJ776406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Reference Count: 29
Quality of Life of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Who Live with Families in Taiwan
Chou, Y. C.; Schalock, R. L.; Tzou, P. Y.; Lin, L. C.; Chang, A. L.; Lee, W. P.; Chang, S. C.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v51 n11 p875-883 Nov 2007
Background: Little research has been conducted about the quality of life (QOL) of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) in Taiwan, particularly their subjective QOL. This study examined the personal perceptions of these individuals as measured on internationally recognized core QOL domains and indicators. Methods: A census interview survey was conducted in Hsin-Chu City in Taiwan; 233 adults aged over 16 years with mild ID and living with their families participated in the study. Data were collected using the Cross-Cultural QOL Indicators (CCQOLI) together with socio-demographic data that included "activities of daily living" and "instrumental activities of daily living" (IADL). The CCQOLI were based on the three most commonly reported indicators of each of the eight QOL domains: emotional well-being, interpersonal relations, material well-being, personal development, physical well-being, self-determination, social inclusion and rights. Each indicator has two sets of questions related to the indicator's "importance" and "use". These are answered by the respondent using a 4-point Likert scale. Results: The importance and use of the QOL indicators were evaluated positively by the respondents. The adults' individual characteristics, namely IADL and educational level, were significant predictors for the "importance" while the adults' perceptions of "use" for overall QOL were significantly affected by his/her socio-economic data, that is, residence location and father's educational level.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Individual Characteristics, Questionnaires, Quality of Life, Likert Scales, Adults, Mild Mental Retardation, Well Being, Interpersonal Relationship, Social Life, Self Determination, Attitudes
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan