ERIC Number: ED318155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Iowa Statewide Follow-up Study: Adult Adjustment of Individuals with Mental Disabilities One Year after Leaving School.
Sitlington, Patricia L.; Frank, Alan R.
This study investigated the adult adjustment (1 year after leaving school) of 615 people with mental disabilities who had graduated from special education programs in Iowa in 1985 and 1986, as well as 62 dropouts who began in the same classes. Current living situation, leisure activities, and marital status were studied, with a special emphasis on employment status. Results indicated that 6.5% of graduates and 10% of dropouts met the criteria for success established for this study (these criteria varied according to instructional program model). Almost all subjects were single and living with a parent or relative. While over two-thirds were in competitive or sheltered jobs, under a third were working full-time. Employed graduates earned an average of $3.11 hourly; dropouts earned $3.51 per hour. Increased support and transitional services are recommended, as well as greater attention to pre-school factors that might provide a better foundation for later life. Includes 26 references. (Author/PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Instructional Services.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa