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- 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
Family quality of life (FQOL) shares a mutual goal with positive psychology in its emphasis on strengths and the enhancement of well-being. This chapter reviews trends in family research related to family quality of life in the disability field and draws parallels with the positive psychology field in terms of a gradual evolution from a negative to a positive orientation. This evolutionary progress is highlighted in terms of reviewing current research (published after 2000) within a FQOL theoretical framework, with a focus on systemic factors, family-unit factors, individual-level factors, family and individual support, and outcomes. Recommendations are provided for future research that will contribute to enhancing FQOL in families who have children with disabilities.
Caya Chiu, Doctoral Student and Research Assistant, Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas.
Kathleen Kyzar is Assistant Professor of Special Education at Texas Woman's University.
Nina Zuna is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Ann Turnbull is Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Co-director, Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas.
Jean Ann Summers is Associate Director of the Beach Center and Research Professor at the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, University of Kansas.
Vivi Aya Gomez, University of Sabana.
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