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Thesis (M.S.)--University of Nebraska--Lincoln, 1972. Home Economics Area.
This study deals with the adaptive behaviors and homemaking skills of mentally retarded individuals in dependent and independent types of residence. All subjects in the sample were in public residence programs. The purposes of the study were fourfold. To determine if the adaptive behavior and homemaking skills of mentally retarded individuals in independent living situations differ from those of mentally retarded individuals in dependent living situations; to determine if certain factors are related to an individual’s adaptive behavior and homemaking skills; to develop and test a scale to measure homemaking skills which could be used in situations entirely separate from this study; and to collect descriptive material dealing with type of residence, adaptive behavior, and homemaking skills.
The results of this study show that the adaptive behavior and homemaking skills of mentally retarded individuals in independent living situations are significantly different than the adaptive behavior and homemaking skills of mentally retarded individuals in dependent living situations. Several factors, among them measured intelligence level, age, sex, length of residence in an independent living situation, were evaluated and found to have various degrees of relationship with types of residence of the subjects. In conjunction with the scale to measure homemaking skills the Adaptive Behavior Scale developed by Nihira, Foster, Shellhaas, and Leland was used to measure the development of adaptive behaviors and skills of individuals in various types of residence.
Advisor: Lois O. Schwab