Living with support in the community: Predictors of choice and self-determination

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalMental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Choice
  • Personal control
  • Self-determination
  • Self-determination competencies
  • Self-determined behavior


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