Self-determination and mental retardation: Is there an association with living arrangement and lifestyle satisfaction?

I. Duvdevany, H. Ben-Zur, A. c. Ambar

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Self-determination and lifestyle satisfaction of 80 adults with mild or medium mental retardation living in group homes or their parents' homes were examined. They were assessed in regard to self-determination, as indicated by choices made in the domestic, financial, health, social, and work domains. Lifestyle satisfaction with residence, the community, associated services, and employment was also assessed. Results show that those from group homes were lower on self-determination but higher on lifestyle satisfaction, providing support for the commitment to normalization and community inclusion to enhance lifestyle satisfaction. However, questions about the extent to which people with mental retardation are afforded decision-making opportunities and self-determined behavior remain. We suggest that service providers and caregivers should encourage and create such opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-389
Number of pages11
JournalMental Retardation
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation
  • General Health Professions

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