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Volume 9 Issue 1 (January 1994), Pages fmi-fmi, 1-73

Changing activity patterns to improve social networks: A descriptive analysis (pages 55-66)


Five individuals who live in community residences and have moderate to severe intellectual disabilities participated in a descriptive study examining the covariation of community activities with social interactions. The purpose of the study was to determine if manipulation of activity patterns could be a viable strategy for improving social networks and social integration. A descriptive comparison of pre‐ and postmeasures indicated that an intervention focused on social activity patterns was associated with increases in community activities, and that increases in the frequency of community activities was correlated with increases in the size of social network and the frequency with which participants experienced social integration with people other than staff and fellow program participants.

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