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Towards a multidimensional approach to autonomy Volume 13, issue 1, Janvier-Février-Mars 2021

Authors
CRP-CPO, UR UPJV 7273, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, 1, chemin du Thil, 80025 Amiens, France
* Correspondance

Autonomy is studied in several disciplines (psychology, law, philosophy, medicine), but there is no consensus on its definition. In this article, we describe the concepts, visions, and assessment of autonomy. This leads us to propose a multidimensional approach to the concept. We highlight different types of autonomy: psychological autonomy, functional autonomy, professional autonomy, social autonomy, and digital autonomy. These types of autonomy enable us to establish a more general definition of the term and to understand how the person functions in the multiple aspects and dimensions of his or her daily life.