Prosocial for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Student Principal Investigator: Emma Chaikowsky

Prosocial is a group change method with foundations in Acceptance and Commitment Training (Hayes et al., 2011) and the Core Design Principles (Ostrom, 2003). Preliminary investigations suggest the utility and effectiveness of Prosocial on the group functioning of people without developmental disabilities; however, there have been no investigations of the accessibility of the program for people with developmental disabilities. Using a Participatory Action Research framework, we will be examining the accessibility of Prosocial with adults with developmental disabilities as our research co-collaborators. Following lived experience expert feedback and program redesign, we will evaluate the effects of this program on group cohesion and self-determination of adults with developmental disabilities living in a group home setting.

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