Functional Social Skills of Adults with Intellectual Disability

Umadevi VM, PS Sukumaran


Purpose: The present study aimed to find the level of functional social skills of adults with intellectual disability, and attempted to analyse these skills with respect to gender, level of disability, type of school attended and number of years of schooling.

Method: Descriptive method of research was employed for the study. The study sample consisted of 100 adults with intellectual disability, randomly selected through various special schools which provide vocational training in Kottayam district of Kerala state, in South India. Data on social skills of these individuals were collected through a standardised Functional Social Skills Assessment Scale developed by the authors.  The data were analysed through arithmetic mean, standard deviation, independent t-test and one-way analysis of variance.

Results: The results indicated that only 48% of the adults with intellectual disability in the study sample possessed functional social skills.

doi 10.5463/DCID.v23i2.76


Intellectual disability; Social skills

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