SELF IMAGE OF ADULTS WITH COMPLEX LEARNING
DISABILITIES, THEIR SENSE OF LOCUS OF CONTROL AND
THEIR ABILITY TO BE IN AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP AND
MAINTAIN IT – PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH
D. Roth, B. Hozmi
Issie Shapiro, Israel
Adults with complex LD, adjustment and function dysfunction seek to
have a normative quality of life. Intimate relationship "couplehood" is a
normative wish. Yet, this population presents low self-esteem, low
levels of motivation, of self-direction, individuation and differentiation.
These skills are essential for establishing inter-personal relationships.
In addition they are characterized with external locus of control. In the
research group at Beit Issie Shapiro, the members are challenged by
complex learning disabilities. All of them are chosen graduates of the
decided to study the above issues on their peers. They developed and
chose the measurements tools, collected the data and interpreted the
findings – with the guidance of two professionals. Data was collected
on 139 participants. Results will be reported with a unique and
authentic perspective of the research group. Central findings show
that even though the target population reported a relatively positive
self esteem, they also reported mostly external locus of control. This
gap was explained theoretically and practically by the members'
previous academic learning and their life experience. Research Group
members: Offer, Haim, Zohar, Maya, Alona, Ginat, Yuval, Assaf,