ERIC Number: ED103784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May-8
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Mentally Retarded Young Adults as Interviewers: Further Exploration of a Technique to Evaluate Social Skills.
Davis, Phillip J.; James, Leonard E.
A review of the literature indicated a recognition that interview behavior was critical to job placement and successful employment. Previous research, however, has not specified either the structure of inverview training with the mildly retarded or the outcomes of those programs. In a recent study, 29 of 40 mentally retarded young adults filled the role of job interviewer to a moderately successful extent. This paper attempts to determine the relationship of this finding to subjects' cognitive and personality dimensions; and to subsequent employment. Thirty-four mentally retarded young adults with IQ scores from 42 to 85 served as subjects. They were minimally trained in questioning techniques and instructed to serve as job interviewers. The Ss Performance in the role of job interviewer was measured by summing the number of experimentor-suggested questions and the number of judged relevant questions they asked on their own initiative. On the basis of preliminary findings, the use of the interviewer role task with mantally retarded young adults appears worthy of future exploration as a promising technique to evaluate social skills, particularly in the job interview situation. Success with the interview task appears related to subsequent competitive employment. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children