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ERIC Number: EJ835304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1122
Aggression, Sociability, and Roommate Friendship: New Findings Translated into a Resource for Self-Determined Choices
Wiltz, James; Kalnins, Tracy
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, v5 n3 p159-166 Sep 2008
Many individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) live with others, but little is known about roommate compatibility, and there are no resources available to assist in the selection process. People with ID and those who support them need practical information in order to make more informed and therefore better choices. Self-determination also should play an increased role in this complicated choice. This paper provides a practical, data-based resource that can be incorporated into a self-determined process of roommate selection. We conducted two studies, uncovered new information, and translated the findings into something that individuals and their supporters can use. The first study examined data from a community sample. In the second investigation, we replicated and expanded key findings in an institutional setting. Taken together, the findings of these studies are generalizable to a larger portion of the population. The results indicated that for the trait of sociability, similarity was the key to friendship. On the other hand, for aggressiveness, it was not similarity, but the total aggression in the pair that was (inversely) related to friendship. A practical multistep resource is provided for adults with ID and their advocates to help with the selection of a roommate who might also become a friend.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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