Adaptive behaviour in Australia : what items are essential for assessing independent living?

Webber, Lynne, Jenkinson, Josephine C. and McGillivray, Jane 2002, Adaptive behaviour in Australia : what items are essential for assessing independent living?, Australian psychologist, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 63-67, doi: 10.1080/00050060210001706696.

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Title Adaptive behaviour in Australia : what items are essential for assessing independent living?
Author(s) Webber, Lynne
Jenkinson, Josephine C.
McGillivray, JaneORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane
Journal name Australian psychologist
Volume number 37
Issue number 1
Start page 63
End page 67
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2002-03
ISSN 0005-0067
Keyword(s) behaviour
people with intellectual disabilities
psychological tests
Summary Adaptive behaviour is important in the assessment of eligibility for intellectual disability services. However, there is some question about which behaviours should be assessed. The purpose of the present study was to clarify which everyday behaviours are considered essential for independent functioning by young adults in the Australian community. Parents, disability workers, and young adults judged the importance of 130 everyday behaviours. Items that assessed safety, health, self-care, functional literacy and numeracy, respecting others' rights, and day-to-day decisionmaking were most frequently rated as essential for independent functioning. Our findings raise important questions about the assessment of adaptive behaviour in Australia, and point to the need for a more valid approach to the measurement of adaptive behaviour for the purpose of eligibility assessment. The research provides a first step towards providing such a scale for use in the Australian context.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00050060210001706696
Field of Research 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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