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Psychology and Psychotherapy: Research Study

Beyond the Micro Level: A Value-Based Approach to Enhancing Personal Outcomes for Persons with Disabilities

  • Open or CloseClaes C1*, Lombardi M2, Schalock R L3 and Shogren K4

    1Hogent University of Applied Sciences and Art/Ghent University Belgium, Belgium

    2Hogent University of Applied Sciences and Art/Ghent University Belgium, Belgium

    3Hastings College, USA

    4University of Kansas, USA

    *Corresponding author:Claes C, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Belgium

Submission: March 05, 2020;Published: March 18, 2020

DOI: 10.31031/PPRS.2020.03.000570

ISSN: 2639-0612
Volume3 Issue4

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In this paper, we argue for a value-based approach to enhancing personal outcomes for persons with a disability. Personal outcomes extend the psychological micro level. The rationale behind a value-based holistic approach is found in seven international movements that are influencing societal views and practices regarding persons with intellectual disability and related developmental disabilities (IDD). An explicit framework that goes beyond the psychological micro level in supporting people with a disability should come in place. In this paper, we argue for a value-based approach to enhancing personal outcomes for persons with a disability. In the field of disability, the concept of quality of life has evolved from a sensitizing notion to a measurable construct that includes eight domains and their respective indicators listed in Table 1. The QOL conceptual and measurement framework as summarized in Table 1 has been empirically validated across different cultures and countries [1-3]. In terms of personal outcomes, the concept of quality of life allows one to understand the context of human functioning and the potential of individuals to grow and develop across each of the eight domains summarized in Table 1.

Table 1:Quality of life conceptual and measurement framework.


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