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Quality of life measurement and people with intellectual disabilities : a reply to Cummins.

Hatton, Chris and Ager, Alastair (2002) Quality of life measurement and people with intellectual disabilities : a reply to Cummins. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 15 (3). pp. 254-260. ISSN 1360-2322

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Abstract

This paper continues an exchange concerning quality of life measurement and people with intellectual disabilities. It addresses the continuing debate concerning three major issues: the utility of measuring subjective well-being in assessing service quality; the validity of quality of life as a construct; and the wider context within which quality of life assessment takes place. Evidence is presented to argue that subjective well-being should not be used to assess service quality, as it is a largely dispositional trait and measures of subjective well-being can only be reliably completed by a minority of people with intellectual disabilities. Some concerns are raised concerning the validity of current measures of quality of life, in terms of combining objective and subjective aspects of quality of life, summing quality of life domains, and the lack of investigation of the 'psychological reality' of quality of life as a construct. Finally, arguments concerning the potentially unfortunate consequences of adopting a quality of life approach within services are outlined. Such potentially unfortunate consequences are argued not to be caused by malignant motivations on the part of professionals, but to be the result of broader historical and professional processes.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 13607
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2008 09:16
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13607

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