ERIC Number: EJ786099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
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Does Choice Influence Quality of Life for People with Mild Intellectual Disabilities?
Neely-Barnes, Susan; Marcenko, Maureen; Weber, Lisa
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v46 n1 p12-26 Feb 2008
Consumer choice is a key concept in developmental disability intervention, but relatively little quantitative research has focused on the relationship between choice and quality of life. This study used data from Washington state's Division of Developmental Disabilities 2002 National Core Indicators study (Human Services Research Institute, 2001a, 2001b) to examine the relationship between choice and 3 quality-of-life indicators: community inclusion, rights, and opportunities for relationships. Consumers (N = 224) with mild intellectual disabilities participated in the study. Structural equation modeling was used to assess the influence of type of living arrangement and choice on quality of life. Consumers who lived in the community and made more choices had higher scores on quality-of-life indicators. The findings have implications for disability policy, practice, and future research.
Descriptors: Human Services, Structural Equation Models, Mild Mental Retardation, Quality of Life, Developmental Disabilities, Statistical Analysis, Intervention, Interpersonal Relationship, Housing, Scores, Decision Making, Public Policy
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 7065, Lawrence, KS 66044-7065. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aamr.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Washington