Evaluation of a computer-assisted, 2-D virtual reality system for training people with intellectual disabilities on how to shop

Sing Fai Tam, Wai Kwong Man, Yuk Piu Chan, Pan Ching Sze, Chi Ming Wong

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Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a 2-D virtual reality (VR) program for training people with intellectual disabilities to shop. Study Design: Pretest and posttest quasi-experimental design. Participants: Sixteen persons with intellectual disabilities (age 17-23 years; IQ = 40-54). Intervention: A VR program or a conventional program training them in supermarket-shopping skills. Main Outcome Measure: Checklist for supermarket-shopping skills. Results: Participants in both training groups showed significant improvement. There was no significant difference in effectiveness between the two methods. Conclusions: The VR program appears effective in training people with intellectual disabilities in an important community living skill.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-291
Number of pages7
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2005


  • Computer-assisted system
  • Shopping skills
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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