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Enhancing the Quality of Life of People with Intellectual DisabilitiesQuality of Life Model Development and Use in the Field of Intellectual Disability

Enhancing the Quality of Life of People with Intellectual Disabilities: Quality of Life Model... [This chapter makes a distinction between logic models that provide a visual map or narrative description of how specific program components are related to a program’s desired results and an operational model that depicts key concepts and variables involved in understanding, operationalizing, and applying a phenomenon such as the quality of life (QOL) construct. The four sections of the chapter (a) describe how the authors have approached the first step of model development (formulating and validating a QOL conceptual and measurement framework); (b) describe how the model has been operationalized through its definition, components (concepts, indicators, and moderator–mediator variables), and premises; (c) suggest a number of criteria that can be used to evaluate any empirically derived model; and (d) reference how the model has been applied in four areas important to the application of the QOL construct in the field of intellectual and closely related developmental disabilities. The chapter should be read and understood within the context of the significant conceptual and empirical work that has occurred over the last three decades regarding the QOL concept. The work described in this chapter reflects the evolution of the concept from a philosophical concept to a measurable construct, and from a measurable construct to an operational model supported by considerable data, serving as a basis for application and hypothesis testing.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Enhancing the Quality of Life of People with Intellectual DisabilitiesQuality of Life Model Development and Use in the Field of Intellectual Disability

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
ISBN
978-90-481-9649-4
Pages
17 –32
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9650-0_2
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This chapter makes a distinction between logic models that provide a visual map or narrative description of how specific program components are related to a program’s desired results and an operational model that depicts key concepts and variables involved in understanding, operationalizing, and applying a phenomenon such as the quality of life (QOL) construct. The four sections of the chapter (a) describe how the authors have approached the first step of model development (formulating and validating a QOL conceptual and measurement framework); (b) describe how the model has been operationalized through its definition, components (concepts, indicators, and moderator–mediator variables), and premises; (c) suggest a number of criteria that can be used to evaluate any empirically derived model; and (d) reference how the model has been applied in four areas important to the application of the QOL construct in the field of intellectual and closely related developmental disabilities. The chapter should be read and understood within the context of the significant conceptual and empirical work that has occurred over the last three decades regarding the QOL concept. The work described in this chapter reflects the evolution of the concept from a philosophical concept to a measurable construct, and from a measurable construct to an operational model supported by considerable data, serving as a basis for application and hypothesis testing.]

Published: Aug 5, 2010

Keywords: Concept Mapping; Mediator Variable; Measurement Framework; Personal Outcome; Specific Program Component

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