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Citation:  Canha, Lúcia Maria N.; Simões, Celeste; Owens, Laura; & de Matos, Margarida Gaspar (2016). Direct and indirect pathways to QoL in the transition to adulthood in youth and young adults with disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 44 (2), 149-162.
Title:  Direct and indirect pathways to QoL in the transition to adulthood in youth and young adults with disabilities
Authors:  Canha, Lúcia Maria N.; Simões, Celeste; Owens, Laura; & de Matos, Margarida Gaspar
Year:  2016
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-150787
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  The aim of this study was to understand how the characteristics of self-determination (i.e., choice, problem-solving, goal setting) and factors associated with resilience (i.e., support and self-efficacy) relate to each other, including the relationship these variables have on quality-of-life (QoL) for individuals with disabilities.
Data collection and analysis:  Data were collected from 195 youth and young adults with disabilities.
Findings:  Results indicated self-efficacy as a critical skill, showing positive associations with behavior of choice and QoL. In addition, social support emerged as an important factor in the development of self-determination skills. The findings also indicated that an individual’s financial situation assumed a mediator role between self-determination components and QoL. Through structural equations modeling (SEM), a model representing the relationships between these variables was designed.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Interventions:  Other
Transition services
Outcomes:  Other