IJSSH 2013 Vol.3(3): 296-299 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2013.V3.248

The Quality of Life of Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families in Calgary Canada: A Pilot Study

Mitchell Clark, Ryan Geake, Amanda D. Smith, Mickey Greiner, and Elaine Yost
Abstract—This pilot study investigated the level of satisfaction in a number of life domains in addition to the overall life satisfaction experienced by group of individuals with developmental disabilities in Calgary. This study also examined the quality of life of their families who are often impacted the continuing responsibilities, concerns and anxieties related to their adult child with developmental disabilities. The average ratings from the family and individual responses across the various life domains were computed. The inter-relationships between the dimensions of family quality of life across the various life domains included in the quality of life assessment were also calculated. Understanding these associations may be helpful in identifying supports and policies that enhance individual and/or family quality of life. Finally, the connections between individual and family quality of life were identified to highlight any areas where changes in supports or services to either families or their adult children with intellectual disabilities would support the wellbeing of all family members.

Index Terms—Family quality of life, well-being, developmental disability, personal well-being index, intellectual disability

Mitchell Clark is with the Department of Psychology, and the Centre for Child Well-Being at Mount Royal University, Calgary Canada T3E 6K6 (email: mclark@mtroyal.ca).
Ryan Geake is with the Calgary SCOPE Society and Mount Royal University.
Amanda D. Smith is a graduate student at the University of Calgary.
Mickey Greiner is with the Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities.
Elaine Yost is with Optional Rehabilitation Services (OPTIONS) Inc.

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Cite:Mitchell Clark, Ryan Geake, Amanda D. Smith, Mickey Greiner, and Elaine Yost, "The Quality of Life of Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families in Calgary Canada: A Pilot Study," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 296-299, 2013.

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