The present study examined the self concept held by residents of group homes for young learning disabled adults, and their views on the quality of their lives. The results of the survey were compared to a similar group of 30 adults living at home. The study group included all residents of the 4 group homes in Israel (n = 35); mean age was 27 (range, 23-31); the majority were males (70%); most had full time jobs (69%); and the average number of school years was 11. Health was measured in 2 areas: specific diseases and emotional and mental disorders. Findings suggest that both groups had positive self concepts and were satisfied with their quality of life. Differences were found in the patterns of correlations between the different self concept dimensions and the 4 areas by which quality of life was measured. For community group home residents, their sense of identity was most affected by feelings of competency and independence. Having work was found to correspond with well being. For the young persons living at home the most crucial aspects of their self concept and quality of life were the perception of being healthy and having a meaningful social life.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||British Journal of Developmental Disabilities|
|State||Published - 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health