Personal self-determination and moderating variables that impact efforts to promote self-determination

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Brian H. Abery, Dalun Zhang, Karen Ward, Derrick Willis, Waheeda Amin Hossain, Fabricio Balcazar, Allison Ball, Ansley Bacon, Carl Calkins, Tamar Heller, Tawara Goode, Robette Dias, George S. Jesien, Tom McVeigh, Margaret A. Nygren, Susan B. Palmer, Hill M. Walker

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The purpose of this second article in the special topic issue from the National Training Initiative on Self-Determination is to provide detail with regard to how we understand the self-determination construct and to discuss moderator variables and how such variables impact the design and implementation of interventions to promote self-determination. Moderator variables are baseline factors that define subgroups with greater versus lesser intervention response. That is, they are factors that need to be taken into account, a priori, when designing interventions so that the intervention might address unique needs or characteristics of the people for whom the intervention is intended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-30
Number of pages12
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


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