Exploring student, family, and school predictors of self-determination using NLTS2 data

Karrie A. Shogren, Mauricio Garnier Villarreal, Chantelle Dowsett, Todd D. Little

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This study conducted secondary analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) to examine the degree to which student, family, and school constructs predicted self-determination outcomes. Multi-group structural equation modeling was used to examine predictive relationships between 5 student, 4 family, and 7 school constructs developed from NLTS2 data and self-determination outcomes (autonomy, psychological empowerment, and self-realization) across disability groups. The pattern of predictive relationship between the constructs and self-determination outcomes across disability groups was complex. Only one construct—self-concept—showed a positive predictive relationship with all three self-determination constructs across most disability groups. Implications of the complex pattern of findings for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-33
Number of pages11
JournalCareer Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2016


  • NLTS2
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Self-determination
  • Transition


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