Self-determination skills and opportunities of adolescents with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities

Erik W. Carter, Laura Owens, Audrey A. Trainor, Ye Sun, Beth Swedeen

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We asked teachers and parents to assess the self-determination prospects of 135 youth with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. Teachers typically reported that youth evidenced limited knowledge about self-determined behavior, ability to perform these behaviors, and confidence regarding the efficacy of their self-determination efforts. Parents and teachers diverged in their evaluations of the self-determination capacities of youth but agreed that opportunities to engage in self-determined behavior were available both at school and home. Although social skill and problem behavior ratings both were significant predictors of teachers' ratings of students' self-determination capacity, opportunities at school, opportunities at home, and problem behaviors were negatively correlated with ratings of students' self-determination capacities and opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-192
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Volume114
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2009

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Developmental Disabilities
Personal Autonomy
Intellectual Disability
Parents
Students
Aptitude
Social Problems
Self-determination
Rating

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
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Self-determination skills and opportunities of adolescents with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. / Carter, Erik W.; Owens, Laura; Trainor, Audrey A.; Sun, Ye; Swedeen, Beth.

In: American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 114, No. 3, 05.2009, p. 179-192.

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