ERIC Number: ED335861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Adjustment of Individuals with Severe/Profound Disabilities One and Three Years after Leaving School. Iowa Statewide Follow-Up Study.
Sitlington, Patricia L.; And Others
The parents of 14 Iowa individuals with severe/profound mental disabilities were interviewed 1 and 3 years after their sons/daughters graduated from or "aged out" of high school. Two categories of information were sought concerning the adult adjustment of these individuals: (1) general status variables including marital status, place of residence, agencies contacted about employment opportunities, financial resources, leisure activities, means of transportation, sources of help in resolving problems, and amount of postsecondary training; and (2) employment variables including location of employment, wages, number of hours worked per week, and job benefits received. Results indicated that, both 1 and 3 years after exiting high school, individuals were very dependent upon others for housing, transportation, and financial assistance. Ten of the 14 individuals were employed 3 years after high school, but all in sheltered workshops with very low wages. There was little change in the life circumstances of the individuals between years 1 and 3. (Includes 20 references) (Author/JDD)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Employment, High Schools, Income, Individual Characteristics, Individual Development, Leisure Time, Marital Status, Place of Residence, Postsecondary Education, Severe Mental Retardation, Sheltered Workshops, State Surveys, Transportation, Vocational Adjustment, Wages, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines. Div. of Special Education.
Note: For a related document, see ED 332 466.