Interdependence of architectural features and program variables in community residences for people with mental retardation

Travis Thompson, Julia Robinson, Mary Dietrich, Marilyn Farris, Valerie Sinclair

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Abstract

In an earlier study, we found that architects, group home administrators, people with mental retardation, family members of people with mental retardation, and college undergraduates rated the homelikeness of slides of community residences for people with mental retardation similarly. In addition, clusters of physical features were identified that were specifically associated with homelikeness ratings. In the present study, behavior of residents with mental retardation living in those residences was assessed using the Aberrant Behavior Checklist and direct behavioral observations. After statistically controlling for confounding variables, we found that adaptive and maladaptive behavior covaried with homelikeness ratings. In addition, we were able to identify associations between specific architectural features of residential settings and the behavior of residents living in those settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-327
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Volume101
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1996

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