Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Using Ego Network Analysis as a Means for Analyzing the Social Network of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities as they Progress Towards Self-Determination

Session Number: 2560
Track: Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations
Session Type: Poster
Tags: disability
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Patricia Spencer [Graduate Research Assistant - University of South Alabama]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Alexandra Chanto-Wetter [Assistant Director - University of South Alabama]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Abigail Baxter [Professor - University of South Alabama]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: James Van Haneghan [Professor - University of South Alabama]
Time: Oct 31, 2018 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)
Room: Poster 89

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Post-secondary programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities have as a goal helping the students in the program grow socially.  One indicator of growth is the student’s social network.  Our project examined the networks of students from a postsecondary program at a university. Because of concerns about their abilities to identify and express their social connections, we compared the networks the students generated to those generated separately by their parents. Ego Network Analysis was used to analyze the social networks of the students and assist the program in developing appropriate supports to help increase self-determination. Baseline data (T1), from the students’ perspectives, reveal small networks consisting of family and peers, as opposed to larger networks identified by parents. The hypothesis that students’ own networks will grow by the end of the first year of the program (T2), will be tested when data at T1 is compared against data at T2.

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