An Exploratory Investigation of the Quality of Life of Adults with Learning Disabilities Living in Family Homes or under Residential Care

By Andreas G. Philaretou and Stella Myrianthous.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Current and past research has used the term quality of life to encompass a very broad array of meanings, which vary from person to person, both intrapersonally and interpersonally, for individuals with or without disabilities.
This study aims primarily at comparing the quality of life of adults using day care services and living in family homes, with that of adults using such services in residential care.
In particular, the current investigation focuses on how caregivers promote choice and independence among their patients, paying particular attention on discovering any problems their patients may experience in their daily day care or residential care living. Above all, though, it addresses any differences that might exist between individuals who are living at home—and operating freely within the wider society—with those living within the confines of residential care.
The study was carried out in Cyprus at the Center for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. This center supports a day care service and a residential care service. The primary source of data for this study was Cummins’s Personal Wellbeing Index-Intellectual Disability (PWI-ID).
Results indicate that individuals using day care services and living in family homes tend to be significantly happier in the areas of life tested than those using the same day care services but living in residential care.

Keywords: Quality of Life, Home Care, Residential Care, Health Services, Disability

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.57-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.519MB).

Dr. Andreas G. Philaretou

Associate Professor Psychology, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, The School of Humanities & Social Sciences, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus

Andreas Philaretou, Ph.D., PMCMFT, CFLE, author and lecturer, is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at European University Cyprus. He has received his BS and MS in Sociology, and his Ph.D. in Human Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). In addition, he earned a Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy (PMCMFT) and has been Certified as a Family Life Educator (CFLE) since 2002. Dr. Philaretou has taught various social psychology, sociology, psychology, and family studies courses throughout his academic career. His research and teaching interests revolve mainly around topics of social psychological significance, specifically, gender and sexuality, sexualized work environments, psychosexual well being, leisure and entertainment, as well as political psychology. His research appears in various journals, such as the Journal of Men’s Studies, the International Journal of Men’s Health, Sexuality and Culture, and Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. He has also presented at numerous conferences, such as the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA), the Hawaiian International Conference on Social Sciences, and the American Family Therapy Association-International Family Therapy Association (AFTA-IFTA).

Stella Myrianthous

European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

MS. Stella Myrianthous completed her Bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Indianapolis, U.S.A. on January 2004, and her Master degree in Applied Psychology with a specialization on Learning Disabilities at the University of Portsmouth on February 2008. She is currently working as a psychologist at a day care center for adults with developmental disabilities and is also a member of the British Psychological Society.

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