An Approach to Measurement and Statistical Description of Participation in Community Life for People with Psychiatric Disabilities
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 12, no 1, 47-58 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Participation has emerged as a central concept in defining the goals of disability policy in Sweden as well as internationally. Yet it has rarely been operationalized as a foundation for planning services. As part of an attempt to survey the needs of individuals experiencing psychiatric disabilities, the authors have developed a scale for measuring participation in five areas of community life. The scale uses four distinct categories as levels, specific for each area of life, and a set of statistical descriptive techniques designed to illustrate and communicate information regarding levels, capacities, and wishes related to a participatory life in the community. Based on a pilot study, the article illustrates how the collective needs of a population of individuals experiencing psychiatric disability can be described and presented to practitioners as a support for system planning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2010. Vol. 12, no 1, 47-58 p.
participation, psychiatric disability, measurement scale, statistical representation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82874DOI: 10.1080/15017410903175693OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-82874DiVA: diva2:663640