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Factors predicting quality of life for people with intellectual disability: results from the ANFFAS study in Italy

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Background This study describes the sociodemographic, clinical, and functional characteristics of a representative sample of service users in Italy. The supports provided by formal agencies, natural networks, and actual levels of quality of life (QOL) were assessed.Methods The participants were 1,285 individuals with intellectual and developmental disability served by 23 different services. The influence of availability of support strategies, environmental factors, client characteristics, personal desires and goals, and support needs on current QOL status was investigated using multiple regression.Results QOL outcomes were significantly explained by support needs, client characteristics, personal goals and desires, and marginally by the presence of support strategies and environmental factors. Further, only a minor effect was found from support activities for general QOL outcomes.Conclusions The results confirmed that the personal outcomes could be predicted providing support activities aligned to the specific personal needs and goals, confirming the importance of a person-centred planning process.
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SYSTEMS LEVEL, PERSONAL OUTCOMES, SUPPORTS, CONCEPTUALIZATION, STRATEGIES, INSTRUMENT, CONSTRUCT, SERVICES, INDICATORS, VALIDITY, intellectual disability, personal outcomes, predictors, quality of life, support needs

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Lombardi, Marco, Luigi Croce, Claudia Claes, Stijn Vandevelde, and Robert Schalock. 2016. “Factors Predicting Quality of Life for People with Intellectual Disability: Results from the ANFFAS Study in Italy.” Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability 41 (4): 338–347.
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Lombardi, M., Croce, L., Claes, C., Vandevelde, S., & Schalock, R. (2016). Factors predicting quality of life for people with intellectual disability: results from the ANFFAS study in Italy. JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY, 41(4), 338–347.
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Lombardi M, Croce L, Claes C, Vandevelde S, Schalock R. Factors predicting quality of life for people with intellectual disability: results from the ANFFAS study in Italy. JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY. 2016;41(4):338–47.
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Lombardi, Marco et al. “Factors Predicting Quality of Life for People with Intellectual Disability: Results from the ANFFAS Study in Italy.” JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY 41.4 (2016): 338–347. Print.
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  author       = {Lombardi, Marco and Croce, Luigi and Claes, Claudia and Vandevelde, Stijn and Schalock, Robert},
  issn         = {1366-8250},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY},
  keywords     = {SYSTEMS LEVEL,PERSONAL OUTCOMES,SUPPORTS,CONCEPTUALIZATION,STRATEGIES,INSTRUMENT,CONSTRUCT,SERVICES,INDICATORS,VALIDITY,intellectual disability,personal outcomes,predictors,quality of life,support needs},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {338--347},
  title        = {Factors predicting quality of life for people with intellectual disability: results from the ANFFAS study in Italy},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2016.1223281},
  volume       = {41},
  year         = {2016},
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