ERIC Number: ED311640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
A Two Year Follow-Up Study of the Postsecondary Adjustment of Mildly Handicapped Students Who Received a Resource or Vocational Development Work Study Program.
Scuccimarra, David Joseph
This study investigated the post-school adjustment of mildly handicapped twelfth-grade students 2 years after they graduated or left high school. Two types of handicapped individuals were interviewed: 65 students in self-contained, vocational education programs and 46 students in resource programs. Students in both groups had unemployment rates comparable to their normal peers on the national and state level. On the local level, however, the unemployment rate of the handicapped individuals was almost twice as high as their nonhandicapped peers. Handicapped males were more likely to be employed than their female counterparts. Respondents who had summer jobs or other work experiences during the year were more likely to be employed than those who did not have these work experiences. Most handicapped individuals in both groups were satisfied with their jobs and relied heavily upon a "self-family-friend" network to find employment. Most handicapped individuals were single, resided with their parents, engaged in a variety of social activities with friends and family members, and expressed satisfaction with their social life. The majority of handicapped respondents reported that they had not pursued postsecondary training or education. An appendix contains the survey instrument. (JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Maryland.