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Handbook of Positive Psychology in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Translating Research into Practice

  • Karrie A. Shogren
  • Michael L. Wehmeyer
  • Nirbhay N. Singh

Part of the Springer Series on Child and Family Studies book series (SSCFS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Karrie A. Shogren, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Nirbhay N. Singh
      Pages 3-11
    3. Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren, Nirbhay N. Singh, Hatice Uyanik
      Pages 13-21
    4. James R. Thompson, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren, Hyojeong Seo
      Pages 23-35
    5. Karrie A. Shogren, James R. Thompson, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Hyojeong Seo, Mayumi Hagiwara
      Pages 37-46
  3. Applications of Positive Psychology in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Karrie A. Shogren, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Kathryn M. Burke
      Pages 49-64
    3. Nirbhay N. Singh, Giulio E. Lancioni, Yoon-Suk Hwang, Jeffrey Chan, Karrie A. Shogren, Michael L. Wehmeyer
      Pages 65-79
    4. Matt J. Enyart, Jennifer A. Kurth, Daniel P. Davidson
      Pages 81-95
    5. Monica M. Jackman, Carrie L. McPherson, Ramasamy Manikam, Nirbhay N. Singh
      Pages 97-113
    6. Robert L. Schalock, Miguel A. Verdugo, Laura E. Gomez
      Pages 115-126
    7. Laura T. Eisenman, Brian Freedman, Marisa Kofke
      Pages 127-144
    8. Ishita Khemka, Linda Hickson
      Pages 145-171
    9. James K. Luiselli
      Pages 173-188
    10. Karrie A. Shogren, Ryan M. Niemiec, Dan Tomasulo, Sheida Khamsi
      Pages 189-199
    11. Marc J. Tassé
      Pages 201-215
    12. Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren
      Pages 217-229
    13. Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren
      Pages 231-245
    14. Jonathan G. Martinis, Tina M. Campanella, Peter Blanck, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren
      Pages 247-259

About this book


This handbook examines the wide-ranging applications of positive psychology in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. It discusses the change in perceptions of disability and the shifting use of traditional deficit-based treatments. It presents evidence-based approaches and strategies that promote individuals’ strengths and capacities and as well as provide supports and services to enhance quality of life. Chapters address medical and psychological aspects in intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as mindfulness, motivation, physical well-being, and self-regulation. The book also discusses uses of assessment practices in evaluating interventions and client outcomes.  In addition, it explores ways practitioners, with positive psychology, can focus on what a person is capable of achieving, thereby leading to more effective approaches to care and treatment.

Topics featured in the Handbook include:

  • Translating the quality of life concept into practice.
  • The Casual Agency Theory and its implications for understanding self-determination.
  • The Mindfulness-Based Individualized Support Plan (MBISP) and its use in providing support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • The unique role that friendship plays to people’s lives and social well-being.
  • Supported Decision-Making (SDM) as an alternative to guardianship.
  • A positive psychology approach to aging and retirement.

The Handbook of Positive Psychology in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a must-have resource for researchers, professors, and graduate students as well as clinicians and related professionals in clinical child and school psychology, behavioral therapy, social work, applied behavioral analysis, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, education, speech and language pathology, psychiatry, clinical medicine, and nursing.    


Adaptive behavior and disabilities Aging and disabilities Assistive technology and DD Assistive technology and ID Careers and disabilities Developmental disabilities and positive psychology Employment and disabilities Individual Support Plans and disabilities Intellectual disabilities and positive psychology Juvenile justice and disabilities Mindfulness-based treatments of DD and ID Positive behavioral supports for DD and ID Positive psychology and DD Positive psychology and DD interventions Positive psychology and ID assessment Positive psychology and ID interventions Quality of life and disabilities Retirement and disabilities Schools and disabilities Strengths-based interventions for DD and ID

Editors and affiliations

  • Karrie A. Shogren
    • 1
  • Michael L. Wehmeyer
    • 2
  • Nirbhay N. Singh
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Special Education, Kansas University Center on Developmental DisabilitiesUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Department of Special Education, Beach Center on DisabilityUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Medical College of GeorgiaAugusta UniversityAugustaUSA

About the editors

Karrie A. Shogren, PhD, is a Professor of Special Education, Senior Scientist at the Life Span Institute, and Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Shogren has published extensively in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field, and her research focuses on assessment and intervention in self-determination and positive psychology, and the application of the supports model across the lifespan.   She is co-Editor of Remedial and Special Education and Inclusion.

Michael L. Wehmeyer, PhD, is the Ross and Mariana Beach Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Senior Scientist and Director, Beach Center on Disability, at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Wehmeyer’s research focuses on self-determination, understanding and conceptualizing disability, the application of positive psychology to disability, conceptualizing and measuring supports and support needs, and applied cognitive technologies. He is the co-editor of American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities ejournal, Inclusion.

Nirbhay N. Singh, PhD, BCBA-D, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, Augusta, GA and CEO of MacTavish Behavioral Health, in Raleigh, NC. His interests include mindfulness, behavioral and psychopharmacological treatments of individuals with diverse abilities, assistive technology, and mental health delivery systems. He is the Editor-in-Chief of three journals: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Mindfulness, and Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Editor of three book series: Mindfulness in Behavioral Health, Evidence-based Practice in Behavioral Health, and Children and Families.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Positive Psychology in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Book Subtitle Translating Research into Practice
  • Editors Karrie A. Shogren
    Michael L. Wehmeyer
    Nirbhay N. Singh
  • Series Title Springer Series on Child and Family Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Series on Child and Family Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-59065-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86540-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-59066-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 383
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Child and School Psychology
    Behavioral Therapy
    Social Work
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