Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services
This study measured the quality of life of two groups of families with children who had severe developmental disabilities-families whose child lived at home and families whose child lived in a residential facility. Participants were 54 primary caregivers of children who had severe intellectual disabilities and who lacked the ability to both ambulate without assistance and communicate conversationally. Participants completed the "Family Quality of Life Scale" (Hoffman, Marquis, Poston, Summers, & Turnbull, 2006). Analyses revealed that both groups rated their family quality of life (FQOL) as exemplary. FQOL was higher in the family home group than in the residential facility group in all areas. Seven items from the "family interaction" and "parenting" subscales were statistically different between the groups. Implications for families, service providers, and policymakers are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
Original Publication Citation
McFelea, J. T., & Raver, S. (2012). Quality of life of families with children who have severe developmental disabilities: A comparison based on child residence. Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 31(2), 3-17.
McFelea, Joni Taylor and Raver, Sharon, "Quality of Life of Families with Children Who Have Severe Developmental Disabilities: A Comparison Based on Child Residence" (2012). Communication Disorders & Special Education Faculty Publications. 45.