Problem Solving and Self-advocacy

  • Michael L. WehmeyerEmail author
  • Karrie A. Shogren
Part of the Springer Series on Child and Family Studies book series (SSCFS)


Problem-solving and self-advocacy skills enable people to respond to threats and opportunities in the environment. Problem-solving skills enable one to sort out the nature and extent of the problem and generate solutions, while self-advocacy skills apply those skills to advocating on one’s own behalf or on behalf of others. In this chapter, we examine definitions of both of these constructs, explore research that has been conducted in the context of problem solving and self-advocacy for people with intellectual disability, and then conclude by examining interventions and supports that enable people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to solve problems and self-advocate.


Problem solving Social problem-solving skills Self-advocacy skills Self-regulated problem solving 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KansasLawrenceUSA

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