ERIC Number: ED332466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Adjustment of Individuals with Mild Disabilities One Year after Leaving School. Iowa State Follow-Up Study.
Sitlington, Patricia L.; And Others
This study investigated the adult adjustment of a statewide random sample of 737 Iowa individuals with learning disabilities, 59 individuals labeled behaviorally disordered, and 142 individuals labeled mentally disabled, all graduates of special education resource teaching programs. Results are reported in terms of: (1) general status information, such as marital status and living arrangements; (2) information about those competitively employed, such as wages, hours worked per week, and percent of living expenses paid; and (3) comparison of competitively employed versus unemployed individuals, in terms of high school vocational training and work experiences. Information is also provided on the postsecondary education and training of those interviewed, as well as on overall"successful" adult adjustment. Data are compared across the three disability areas and across gender, where relevant. The study found that about 90% of the graduates in each disability area were single, and two-thirds were living with parents or relatives. The largest proportion of competitively employed persons was found within the learning-disabled group (77%), followed by the mentally disabled (62%) and the behaviorally disordered (58%). (20 references) (Author/JDD)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Behavior Disorders, Employment Level, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Independent Living, Learning Disabilities, Marital Status, Mild Disabilities, Mild Mental Retardation, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Resource Room Programs, Sex Differences, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Education, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Instructional Services.
Note: For related documents, see ED 318 155, ED 323 677, and EC 300 328.