Psychometric Properties and Utility of the Social Vulnerability Questionnaire for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Psychometric Properties and Utility of the Social Vulnerability Questionnaire for Individuals... Although it is well-known that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are socially vulnerable, the field lacks valid assessments to identify risk factors for victimization. Parents/caregivers of 428 individuals with IDD (ages 12–53) completed the social vulnerability questionnaire (SVQ), a measure developed to assess specific aspects of social vulnerability among individuals with various forms of IDD. This study examined the psychometric structure of the SVQ (exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis), and the utility of the factors of the SVQ as predictors of diagnostic category (through discriminate function analysis). Results provide psychometric support for use of the SVQ and its factors for further research and as part of a clinical assessment battery to assess social vulnerability and to develop interventions. Keywords Intellectual disability · Social vulnerability · Victimization · Factor analysis · Discriminant function analysis · Autism spectrum disorder Introduction exists across the lifespan as young children with IDD are at increased risk of experiencing child abuse (Sullivan and Social vulnerability is a broad term used to define ways in Knutson 2000), adolescents with IDD often experience which an individual is at risk of being victimized. Individu- bullying and peer victimization (Sterzing et al. 2012), and als with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) adults with IDD http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Springer Journals

Psychometric Properties and Utility of the Social Vulnerability Questionnaire for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Psychology; Child and School Psychology; Pediatrics; Neurosciences; Public Health
ISSN
0162-3257
eISSN
1573-3432
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10803-018-3636-4
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Abstract

Although it is well-known that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are socially vulnerable, the field lacks valid assessments to identify risk factors for victimization. Parents/caregivers of 428 individuals with IDD (ages 12–53) completed the social vulnerability questionnaire (SVQ), a measure developed to assess specific aspects of social vulnerability among individuals with various forms of IDD. This study examined the psychometric structure of the SVQ (exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis), and the utility of the factors of the SVQ as predictors of diagnostic category (through discriminate function analysis). Results provide psychometric support for use of the SVQ and its factors for further research and as part of a clinical assessment battery to assess social vulnerability and to develop interventions. Keywords Intellectual disability · Social vulnerability · Victimization · Factor analysis · Discriminant function analysis · Autism spectrum disorder Introduction exists across the lifespan as young children with IDD are at increased risk of experiencing child abuse (Sullivan and Social vulnerability is a broad term used to define ways in Knutson 2000), adolescents with IDD often experience which an individual is at risk of being victimized. Individu- bullying and peer victimization (Sterzing et al. 2012), and als with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) adults with IDD

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Journal of Autism and Developmental DisordersSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 5, 2018

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