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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Social Work

Title

Effectiveness of a life story work program on older adults with intellectual disabilities

Language

English

Abstract

© 2014 Bai et al. Objective: This study examines the effectiveness of a life story work program (LSWp) in older adults with mild-to-moderate levels of intellectual disability (ID). Methods: Using a quasiexperimental design, this study assigned 60 older adults who were between 50–90 years old with mild-to-moderate levels of ID to receive either the LSWp (intervention group, N=32) or usual activities (control group, N=28) during a period of 6 months. Evaluation was made based on the outcomes assessed by the Mood Interest and Pleasure Questionnaire, the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, and the Personal Well-being Index – ID. Results and conclusion: LSWp shows potential for improving the quality of life and preventing the loss of interest and pleasure in older adults with ID. It also shows promise in enhancing their socialization skills. Patients with better communication abilities seemed to benefit more from the LSWp.

Keywords

Effectiveness, Intellectual disabilities, Life story book, Life story work, Older adults

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Clinical Interventions in Aging

Volume

9

Start Page

1865

End Page

1872

Publisher

Dove Medical Press

ISSN (print)

11769092

ISSN (electronic)

11781998

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