ERIC Number: EJ935828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Outcomes of a New Residential Scheme for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Taiwan: A 2-Year Follow-Up
Chou, Y-C.; Pu, C.; Kroger, T.; Lee, W.; Chang, S.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v55 n9 p823-831 Sep 2011
Background: The Taiwanese government launched a new programme in November 2004 to support adults with intellectual disabilities living in smaller facilities. This paper aims to evaluate the service outcomes of this new residential scheme over 2 years including those residents who moved from an institution and those who moved from their family. Methods: A one-group repeated-measures analysis was conducted for five interviews after the adults with intellectual disabilities entered the new environment. Forty-nine adults were initially studied (T1) and 29 adults remained in the homes until the end of the study (T5). Results: This study found significant improvements over the 2 years in the residents' quality of life and family contact. The results also highlight a decrease in maladaptive behaviour among the residents moving from institution and an increase in choice making and family contact among the residents moving from family. No significant changes in adaptive behaviour and community inclusion were found. Conclusion: Results revealed that further policy changes and financial support including service quality assurance are required in order to improve service outcomes for adults living in the new residential scheme.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Quality of Life, Foreign Countries, Financial Support, Residential Programs, Adults, Followup Studies, Social Support Groups, Interviews, Family Relationship, Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan