ERIC Number: EJ843510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Communication Supports in Congregate Residential Care Settings in Ohio
Mitchell, Pamela R.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v22 n4 p400-402 Jul 2009
Background: Communication skills are important to the pursuit of increased self-determination in individuals with disabilities. The aim of this investigation was to gather information about communication supports in state-run residential care facilities in Ohio, and to compare findings with a previous investigation on this topic examining such perceptions in group home environments. Methods: An online survey was adapted from DeSimone & Cascella ["Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities," 17, 2005 , 1] to examine perceptions of habilitation managers regarding the quality of communication supports in their settings. Perceptions of communication supports by program manager-level staff in larger group residential facilities had not been previously investigated. Results: Respondents reported a generally high quality of communication supports provided in their settings. Despite this general level of perceived quality, certain quality indicators related to supports for communication were relatively lower across respondents and were consistent with DeSimone & Cascella.
Descriptors: Residential Care, Disabilities, Allied Health Personnel, Group Homes, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Communication, Administrator Attitudes, Quality of Life
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio