—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 quality of life, well-being,
developmental disability, personal well-being index,
Mitchell Clark is with the Department of Psychology, and the Centre for
Child Well-Being at Mount Royal University, Calgary Canada T3E 6K6 (email:
Ryan Geake is with the Calgary SCOPE Society and Mount Royal
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.
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.