Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Committee Member

Jeffrey M. Kern

Number of Pages



This study investigated the impact of family and other social involvement on overall client satisfaction for individuals with developmental disabilities. The family-related outcome measures reviewed included social-role fulfillment, the existence of a natural support network, and the existence of intimate relationships. The other social outcome measures investigated included the impact of having friends, community involvement, and community interaction. This study found that there was a relationship between the life satisfaction level of individuals with mental retardation and their level of social involvement. Also discussed were various variables that impact family involvement such as parenting styles, family characteristics, reasons for out-of-home placements, siblings' role, and specific problems related to unique transitional periods during the individuals' lifetime. Quality of life issues and their relation to family and social involvement are discussed. Recommendations to enhance family involvement for service providers were made.


Client; Developmental; Disabilities; Family; Impact; Individual; Involvement; Overall; Satisfaction; Social

Controlled Subject

Clinical psychology; Social service; Social psychology

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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