Essential characteristics of self-determined behavior of individuals with mental retardation.

  title={Essential characteristics of self-determined behavior of individuals with mental retardation.},
  author={Michael L. Wehmeyer and K Kelchner and Sue Richards},
  journal={American journal of mental retardation : AJMR},
  volume={100 6},
Despite increased emphasis on self-determination for individuals with mental retardation, only a few theoretical models have been formulated that specify measurable characteristics for the promotion and evaluation of this outcome. We propose that self-determination refers to acting as the primary causal agent in one's life and making choices and decisions regarding one's quality of life free from undue external influence or interference. Self-determined behavior is autonomous, self-regulated… CONTINUE READING

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