Initial factor exploration of disability identity

Anjali Forber-Pratt, Gabriel Merrin, Carlyn Mueller, Larry Price, Heather H Kettrey

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Purpose/Objective: This manuscript describes the initial factor exploration of disability identity and preliminary psychometric characteristics based on an adult self-report tool. Disability was defined broadly, and the sample included individuals with visible and/or hidden disabilities across many disability groups (i.e., physical, intellectual, learning, mental illness). Method: Items were developed (n = 102) and a pilot measure was administered to a sample of adults with disabilities (n = 566). An Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) using the WLSMV estimator was conducted. The resulting items were sent to expert reviewers for evaluation. Results: Following the exploratory analyses, 37 items were retained that made up four factors: internal beliefs about own disability and the disability community, anger and frustration with disability experiences, adoption of disability community values, and contribution to the disability community. The pilot measur
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
StatePublished - Jan 2020


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