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Choosing a measure of support need: implications for research and policy.

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Source
J Intellect Disabil Res. 2009 Nov;53(11):949-54
Publication Type
Article
Date
Nov-2009
Author
H K Brown
H. Ouellette-Kuntz
I. Bielska
D. Elliott
Author Affiliation
Queen's University, Community Health & Epidemiology, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Source
J Intellect Disabil Res. 2009 Nov;53(11):949-54
Date
Nov-2009
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adaptation, Psychological
Adolescent
Adult
Female
Health Planning Guidelines
Health Policy
Health Services Research
Humans
Independent living
Intellectual Disability - rehabilitation
Male
Needs Assessment
Ontario
Rehabilitation, Vocational
Social Adjustment
Social Environment
Social Support
Young Adult
Abstract
The paradigm surrounding the delivery of care for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) is shifting from a deficit-based approach to a support-based approach. However, it is unclear whether measures of support act as a proxy for adaptive functioning.
A sample of 40 staff or family members of individuals with ID completed the Supports Intensity Scale and the Scales of Independent Behavior-Revised, Short Form. Correlations were used to examine the relationship between these scales.
The subscales of the Supports Intensity Scale as well as the overall support needs index were highly correlated with both the Broad Independence W score and the support score (which reflects both maladaptive and adaptive behaviours) of the Scales of Independent Behavior-Revised.
The strong correlations between these two scales confirm previous findings that current measures of support and measures of adaptive behaviour tap into the same underlying construct. These findings have implications for the development, use and interpretation of research and planning tools.
PubMed ID
19793387 View in PubMed
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