ERIC Number: EJ818763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Predictors of Life Satisfaction in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Miller, S. M.; Chan, F.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v52 n12 p1039-1047 Dec 2008
Background: The purpose of this study was to examine factors that predict life satisfaction in individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Two groups of variables were studied: life skills (interpersonal, instrumental and leisure) and higher-order predictors (social support, self-determination and productivity). Method: Fifty-six participants with ID were recruited from two community agencies in Wisconsin. Data were collected using both a self-report inventory, which was administered to each individual in an interview format, and a behaviour rating scale, which was completed by a knowledgeable staff member. Hierarchical regression was used to analyse the data. Results: Both sets of variables were found to explain a significant amount of the variance in life satisfaction. Within the sets, social support and interpersonal skills were individually significantly associated with life satisfaction. Conclusion: It is hoped that the results of this study will help support providers organise services in such a way that maximises the life satisfaction of the consumers that they serve.
Descriptors: Life Satisfaction, Mental Retardation, Rating Scales, Public Agencies, Predictor Variables, Interpersonal Competence, Leisure Time, Social Support Groups, Self Determination, Productivity, Interviews, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin