Choice assessment in residential settings.
The availability of choice has been suggested as an important aspect of quality of life for persons with severe handicaps. However, the psychometric properties of proposed methods of measuring choice have not been fully assessed. The present study introduces the Resident Choice Assessment Scale, a measure designed to assess daily choices available to persons with severe handicaps. Results indicated the instrument to be reliable across raters and time, and to distinguish choice availability across developmental center, nursing home, and group home settings. The scale may be useful for determining the restrictiveness of a living environment for purposes of modification and as a dependent measure for future research.
Kearney, C.A., Durand, V.M., & Mindell, J.A. (1995). Choice assessment in residential settings. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 7, 203-213. doi: 10.1007/BF02585425
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