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Increasing Staff Provision of Choice to Adults with Disabilities in a Postsecondary Setting

Schwartz, Rachel (2019) Increasing Staff Provision of Choice to Adults with Disabilities in a Postsecondary Setting. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The ability to make choices fuels the development of one’s sense of agency and personal control. Yet as individuals with disabilities age, choice opportunities often become more limited and restricted in nature. Previous research reports that staff practices directly influence choice-making opportunities for adults with disabilities (Cobigo, Lachapelle, & Morin, 2010). Given the link between consumer choice opportunities and staff behavior, there exists a need to evaluate research on staff training practices in providing choice-making opportunities within postsecondary disability service settings. The current study presents a systematic literature review of staff training interventions in choice. Nine studies met inclusion criteria for further analysis and discussion. Results tentatively demonstrate the potential effectiveness of staff trainings in choice on a variety of outcomes, but the quality of the research base limit broad implications and overall confidence in the findings. Based on the findings, the researcher conducted a single-subject multiple-baseline-across-participants study to investigate the effects of a multicomponent training in choice on staff provision of choices. Findings yielded a functional relationship between the multicomponent training and the increase in the frequency of staff choice offerings and the overall correct completion of a choice sequence. Additionally, results indicate a proportionate relationship between staff choice and consumer choice-making. The researcher discusses implications of results for future research.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schwartz, Rachelracheljschwartz512@gmail.comrjs145
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRobertson,
Committee MemberKostewicz,
Committee MemberLyon,
Committee MemberLundblom,
Committee MemberKokina,
Date: 26 June 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 19 March 2019
Approval Date: 26 June 2019
Submission Date: 6 May 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 93
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: choice staff training self-determination adults disabilities
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2019 19:08
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2019 19:08


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