Title

Exploring Essential Characteristics of Self-Determination for Diverse Students Using Data From NLTS2

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Source Publication

Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals

Source ISSN

2165-1434

Abstract

This study explored the impact of race/ethnicity on three of the four essential characteristics of self-determination—autonomy, self-realization, and psychological empowerment—directly assessed in the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2. Specifically, the impact of race/ethnicity was examined with six disability groups established in previous research: high incidence disabilities (learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, speech language impairments, and other health impairments), sensory disabilities (visual and hearing impairments), cognitive disabilities (autism, multiple disabilities, and deaf-blindness); intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, and orthopedic impairments. Measurement equivalence was established across groups, but significant differences in the latent means, variances, and covariances were found suggesting a complex pattern of differences based on race/ethnicity within disability groups. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Comments

Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, Vol. 37, No. 3 (2014): 168-176. DOI.

Mauricio Garnier-Villareal was affiliated with University of Kansas at the time of publication.

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