Ensuring that people with intellectual disability experience typical levels of choice and self-determination has become an essential objective for quality disability services. Three perspectives on self-determination were identified in the literature: psycho-educational, ecological, and socio-political. Personal characteristics, specific self-determination competencies, and environmental variables all were found to be associated with choice and self-determination. Living environments that were smaller and more individualized were linked to greater choice and self-determination. The theoretical perspective investigators applied to the issues influenced approaches to research and intervention, and differences in emphasis were evident regarding the relative importance of self-determination competencies and environmental factors.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2001|
- Personal control
- Self-determination competencies
- Self-determined behavior