People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often find themselves excluded from community participation due to environmental barriers, especially stigma. These barriers can negatively affect their psychological well-being and quality of life. Life-coaching as a short-term and action-prone process can increase goal attainment in various life-domains and lead to enhanced quality of life. Nevertheless, to date, few life-coaching interventions have targeted individuals with IDD. This case study article aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of a conceptual framework for practicing life-coaching with individuals with IDD, by describing two cases of individuals with IDD who participated in a life-coaching intervention. Life-coaching, based on the proposed framework, can be a potential intervention to enhance the capability set, self-determination skills, and overall quality of life of people with IDD. It appears that in order for the life-coaching process to successfully address psychosocial aspects of the quality of life concept among people with IDD, it must be tailored to their needs and competences.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities|
|State||Published - 1 Sep 2019|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The author appreciates collaboration and contribution provided by Ms. Edna Fenichel. The author also appreciates consultation with Mr. Reuven Katz, the founder and chairman of ICA, the Israeli Coaching Association.
© 2019 International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
- developmental disabilities
- intellectual disabilities
- quality of life
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health