Developmental Disabilities and Independent Living: A Systematic Literature Review


Social Work

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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

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Clinical research paper




This paper examines the available literature on the correlation between quality of life and type of living arrangement for adults with a developmental or learning disability. The purpose was to examine whether or not adults living semi-independently experienced better outcomes than peers in traditional group homes. In general, outcomes in semi-independent living were equal to or better than the outcomes achieved in traditional group homes, and typically cost the same or less. Impacts on the provision of services and areas for future research are discussed.


systematic literature review

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