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ERIC Number: ED319167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Investigation of Subtypes and Severities of Learning Disabled Adults.
Weller, Carol; Strawser, Sherri
This study sought to empirically identify subtype and severity patterns prevalent among learning-disabled adults and apply this information to strategies that rehabilitation counselors could use to improve the probability of job success of their clients. Subjects (n=219) were administered standardized measures of intelligence, achievement, and adaptive behavior. Subtype information was obtained from a subtype identifier and severity information from a severity identifier. Five dichotomous subtypes, which were distinctly different from one another, were identified. Severity represented a continuum, but could be arbitrarily divided into five levels to represent dichotomous groups. The subtypes were named Non-Learning Disabled, Production Deficit, Verbal Organizational Disorder, Nonverbal Organizational Disorder, and Global Functional Disorder. The severity levels were named mild, mild-to-moderate, moderate, moderate-to-severe, and severe. When characteristics of subtypes and severities were analyzed, severity levels were found within each subtype. Rehabilitation counselors can use subtype information to determine clusters of behaviors that are problematic and require further assessment or intervention. Severity information can be used to ascertain adaptive abilities and disabilities of clients and the extent to which a client must rely on other people to succeed in social and work settings. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A