Causal agency theory: Reconceptualizing a functional model of self-determination

Karrie A. Shogren, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Susan B. Palmer, Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Todd J. Little, Shane Lopez

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Abstract

This paper introduces Causal Agency Theory, an extension of the functional model of self-determination. Causal Agency Theory addresses the need for interventions and assessments pertaining to self-determination for all students and incorporates the significant advances in understanding of disability and in the field of positive psychology since the introduction of the functional model of self-determination. Causal Agency Theory provides a theoretical framework for developing and enhancing supports to enable youth to engage in agentic action through instruction in goal setting and attainment strategies, to influence self-determination, causal agency, and overall well-being across diverse social-contextual contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-263
Number of pages13
JournalEducation and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Volume50
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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