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ERIC Number: EJ1045005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1540-7969
Self-Determination among Transition-Age Youth with Autism or Intellectual Disability: Parent Perspectives
Carter, Erik W.; Lane, Kathleen Lynne; Cooney, Molly; Weir, Katherine; Moss, Colleen K.; Machalicek, Wendy
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, v38 n3 p129-138 Sep 2013
This study examined 68 parents' views of the self-determination skills and capacities of their young adult children with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability (ages 19-21 years). Results indicated parents placed a high value on the importance of all seven component skills (i.e., choice-making skills, decision-making skills, goal-setting skills, problem-solving skills, self-advocacy and leadership skills, self-awareness and self-knowledge, and self-management and self-regulation skills) associated with enhanced self-determination. Yet, parents indicated their young adult children did not often perform these skills well. Effect sizes suggested high-magnitude differences between parents' ratings of the importance and their child's performance for each self-determination skill evaluated. Furthermore, regression analyses indicated parents' perceptions of the severity of their child's disability accounted for a significant portion of the variance in the overall ratings of their child's performance of these seven skills (26%) and overall self-determination capacity (27%). Parents who described their children's disabilities as being less severe rated their children as having higher performance levels on both measures of self-determination. Educational implications are presented along with recommendations for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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