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- About the Editor
- Beyond Pathology Positive Psychology and Disability
- Understanding Disability A Strengths-Based Approach
- Positive Psychology and Disability A Historical Analysis
- The Impact of the Quality of Life Concept on the Field of Intellectual Disability
- Optimism Within the Context of Disability
- Social Well-Being and Friendship of People with Intellectual Disability
- Exercise, Leisure, and Well-Being for People with Disabilities
- Coping and Disability
- Adaptive Behavior
- Self-Determined Learning
- Understanding Hope in Individuals with Disabilities
- Family Perspectives on Child Intellectual Disability Views from the Sunny Side of the Street
- Resilience and Disability Concepts, Examples, Cautions, and Prospects
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Spirituality
- Career Development and Career Thoughts
- Self-Regulation and Disability
- Disability Studies/Disability Culture
- Positive Behavior Support Foundations, Systems, and Quality of Life
- Supports and Support Needs
- Supported Employment
- Family Quality of Life
- Aging with Disability
- A Positive Psychology of Physical Disability Principles and Progress
- Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities
- Severe Multiple Disabilities
- Positive Psychology and Children with Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties
- Positive Psychology and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Limitations to Positive Psychology Predicted by Subjective Well-Being Homeostasis
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores the implications of problem-solving and decision-making theory and research for a positive psychology of disability, focusing on the social/interpersonal aspects of these domains as they pertain to people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Intervention approaches shown to improve the decision-making performance of adults (i.e., ESCAPE-DD) and adolescents (i.e., PEER-DM) are described. Building on past theory and research, the chapter introduces a new theoretical model that highlights alternative pathways of decision processing. The model represents a major shift in prevailing views of decision making that provides a supportive structure for building a repertoire of effective decision-making skills. The chapter concludes that progress in research and theory on problem solving and decision making can contribute to a positive psychology of disability that promises to improve the quality of interpersonal experiences and social relationships of people with ID or ASD.
Linda Hickson is Professor of Education and Director, Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities, Columbia University.
Ishita Khemka, Long Island University.
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