Date Approved

5-2-1995

Embargo Period

9-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Group homes for people with mental disabilities; People with mental disabilities--Care; People with mental disabilities--Housing

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine what characteristics are significant in determining successful adjustment to residence in a minimal supervision apartment program for mentally challenged adults. The subjects consisted of nine women and four men, all of whom are mentally deficient to varying degrees, and four of whom suffer from mental illness as well. The subjects range in age from 22 to 76 with a mean age of 43. The subjects intellectual functioning levels, as determined by their psychological evaluations, were examined along with the rate at which they completed daily living tasks as detailed by their Individual Habilitation Plans. Factors such as the presence of mental illness and length of time residing in the community living program were also taken into account in order to determine any relationships between these factors. Finally, staff people employed at the residential program ranked the subjects from most to least successful in adapting to the residential program. The results indicated what appears to be a relationship between intellectual functioning level and the rate of completion of daily living tasks, as well as a relationship between mental illness and difficulty in completing daily living tasks.

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