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The utility of the personal wellbeing index intellectual disability scale in an Australian sample

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posted on 01.01.2009, 00:00 authored by Jane McGillivrayJane McGillivray, Anna Lau, Robert CumminsRobert Cummins, G Davey
Background Subjective wellbeing (SWB) in people with intellectual disabilities has been the focus of increased interest in the identification of support needs and as an outcome measure for interventions and service delivery evaluations. It is therefore important to conduct further research in this area, and to develop appropriate scales to measure SWB.

Methods A new scale, the Personal Wellbeing Index-Intellectual Disability (PWI-ID) was administered to 114 adults with mild (n = 82) or moderate (n = 32) level ID in Victoria, Australia.

Results The PWI-ID demonstrated good reliability and validity. A comparison of the findings with previous research indicates that participants' SWB levels are within the normative range, and are similar to those reported by the general population.

Conclusions The results support the notion that individuals with ID do not experience life quality lower than normal, which can be explained theoretically by the Theory of Subjective Wellbeing Homeostasis. The use of the PWI-ID may ultimately assist in ensuring that the needs of people with ID are being met and inform the planning and delivery of congruent resources and services.

History

Journal

Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities

Volume

22

Issue

3

Pagination

276 - 286

Publisher

Blackwell Publishers

Location

Oxford, England

ISSN

1360-2322

eISSN

1468-3148

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2008, Blackwell Publishing Ltd