An Evaluation of Variables that Influence the Selection of Participants for Innovative Services
Source: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Volume 11, Number 1, March 1999 , pp. 47-59(13)
This study examined the differences between adults selected for an agency's new initiative in using person centered planning with adults who remained on the waiting list for this service. A total of 45 adults participated in this research, 22 of whom received person centered planning and 23 of whom remained on a waiting list. Participant interviews were conducted using the Residential Lifestyle Inventory and the Social Network Analysis Form. Individuals selected first for person centered planning had significantly higher scores on several categories of these inventories. The agency case managers were then surveyed to determine variables that influenced selection for services. Case managers reported that participants' self advocacy for a new job had the strongest influence on their selection of the first participants for person centered planning. A few cases were strongly influenced by other advocates, a crisis situation, or administrators. Implications of determining selection criteria when the need for services exceeds available resources are discussed based on the outcomes of this research.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina 2: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina 3: Bethlehem Area School District 4: Nanyang Technical University, Singapore 5: Lehigh Valley Association of Rehabilitation Centers
Publication date: March 1, 1999