To ensure quality of services for individuals with mental retardation/ developmental disability, professionals must measure consumer outcomes related to lifestyle. In this study variables contributing to quality of life for 60 adults with severe or profound disabilities who resided in ICF/MR community-based homes for 4 to 5 persons were examined. Using the Quality of Life Index, we studied interrelations among personal lifestyle characteristics of adults and community-home program characteristics with quality of life factors. The R2 effect size (.571) involving total scores on the Quality of Life Index as the criterion variable was large and statistically significant.
Data for this study were obtained from a doctoral dissertation completed by the first author in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the PhD degree, Department of Special Education, the University of New Orleans.