ERIC Number: ED312808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Mentally Retarded Youth in Transition: Follow-Up One and Two Years Post-School.
Interviews were conducted with parents of mentally retarded youth who had completed their education at special education centers or in Educable Mentally Retarded classes within regular high schools of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (Pennsylvania). Students included 72 individuals who left the special education centers in 1987 (1-year follow-up); 19 individuals who left in 1986 (2-year follow-up); and 30 individuals who had completed regular school in 1987. Findings are presented by exceptionality group: severely/profoundly mentally retarded, trainable mentally retarded, and educable mentally retarded. Individuals' vocational situations and living arrangements are discussed, along with reasons for lack of work activity, parents' preference for youngsters' living arrangements and eventual employment situation, relationship of present situation to in-school vocational training, and relationship of number of parents to employment status. It is concluded that: (1) an extremely high percent of youngsters live with their parents and guardians after completing school; (2) a great deal still needs to be done to create satisfactory vocational outcomes for mentally retarded youngsters who have completed school; and (3) mentally retarded youngsters from one-parent families are less likely than those from two-parent families to be working 1 year after completing school. (JDD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Employment, Family Life, Followup Studies, High School Graduates, High Schools, Independent Living, Mental Retardation, One Parent Family, Special Classes, Special Schools, Transitional Programs
Health and Welfare PLANNING Association, 200 Ross St., 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2067 ($17.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Health and Welfare PLANNING Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
Note: Funded by a grant from the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust. For prior report, see ED 281 340.