ERIC Number: ED028552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Validation of the Vocational Capacity Scale Utilizing Institutionalized Retardates. Final Report.
A 3-year study was conducted to validate the eight-factor Vocational Capacity Scale (VCS), designed for use with the retarded. Subjects were 366 institutionalized mental retardates, both educable and trainable, aged 15 to 30, who were administered the VCS twice, 1 year apart. Social workers and staff worked individually to promote the highest level of vocational functioning for each subject. At the end of 2 years, the subjects were assigned to one of three criterion groups: day care, sheltered employed, and competitively employed. Members of the sheltered employed group were assigned to one of five job levels; a job analysis was completed. Data indicated that the VCS maintained its levels of reliability and predictive ability; that it did differentiate between job levels in a sheltered setting; that the classification of job levels in a sheltered setting could be improved through job analysis. It was also found that the VCS measured four factors: non-intellectual routine work, general ability or intelligence, general health, and maturity of stick-to-it-tiveness; and that the VCS normative data in the institutionalized setting was different from data in a community sheltered workshop setting. (LE)
Descriptors: Day Care, Employment Potential, Exceptional Child Research, Factor Structure, Institutionalized Persons, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Moderate Mental Retardation, Predictive Measurement, Predictive Validity, Rating Scales, Sheltered Workshops, Success, Test Interpretation, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Tests, Vocational Rehabilitation, Young Adults
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Sponsor: Vocational Rehabilitation Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pinecrest State School, Pineville, LA. Training and Research Dept.