ERIC Number: ED236880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Vocational Interests of Those with Epilepsy. Draft.
Fraser, R. T.; And Others
Vocational interests of a hospital affiliated outpatient sample with epilepsy (N=71) were examined using the Strong Campbell Interest Inventory. Ss were categorized to examine effects of severity of seizure type, age of seizure onset, and sex. As a group, vocational interest scores on the General Occupational Theme Scales were not greatly different from normals. Results indicated that Ss with major motor seizures and males with early seizure onset showed less scientific interest, and that Ss with major motor seizures also indicated less academic interest than normals. The more impaired males appeared to be "at risk" for having their general interests restricted and in being less confortable in academic settings. Findings suggested that "at risk" males may benefit from specific interventions such as supportive counseling. Explorative, "hands on" activities in vocational education courses and in household domestic chores should be encouraged. In comparing interests, future studies should further examine the influence of duration and degree of disablement as critical variables affecting vocational interests. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).