Master of Arts (MA)
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Data from a study conducted by the State of Nevada to assess consumer satisfaction with services of persons with mental retardation were factor analyzed. Data collected using ACD's Outcome Performance Measures for People with Disabilities were used. It was attempted to replicate ACD's obtained factor structure. It was then explored which groups of these variables best predicted the life satisfaction of these individuals; Results indicated that ACD's factor structure was replicable with a sample of persons with mental retardation. This may suggest that variables important to a person's quality of life may be similar for people with different disabilities. Results of the multiple regression indicated that 8 of the factors were significant predictors of life satisfaction. In order of strength, these were: Security, Freedom, Relationships, Safety, Achievement, Health, Lack of Resources/Privacy, and Rights, with Informed Consent not being significant. In addition, different factors were found to be important to the different groups divided by disability level and residence. Reasons and implications are discussed.
Life; Mental; Persons; Predictors; Retardation; Satisfaction
Social psychology; Clinical psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Firth, Colleen Sisley, "Predictors of life satisfaction of persons with mental retardation" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3364.