ERIC Number: ED342170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Iowa Statewide Follow-Up Study. Changes in the Adult Adjustment of Graduates with Mental Disabilities, One vs. Three Years Out of School.
Sitlington, Patricia L.; And Others
This study investigated the adult adjustment of students with mental disabilities in high-school graduating classes of 1984 and 1985, 1 and 3 years after they exited high school. Two hundred sixty students from the class of 1984 were interviewed 1 year out of high school; 166 from this same class were interviewed 3 years out of school. Three hundred twenty-two students from the class of 1985 were interviewed 1 year out of high school and again 3 years out of high school. Results are reported in terms of: (1) general status information, such as marital status and living arrangements; (2) information about those competitively employed versus working in sheltered workshops (wages earned, hours worked per week, fringe benefits received); (3) "successful" adjustment relative to specific criteria; and (4) a comparison across graduating classes and between years 1 and 3. Data are presented for the total group, by gender, and by program model (resource program, special class with either much or little integration, and self-contained special class). Among many findings were the following: after 3 years, 18.5 percent met the low criteria for success and only 3.9 percent met the high standard; there were only minor differences between males and females; and students from resource programs were more successful than those from more restrictive programs. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Employment Experience, Employment Level, Followup Studies, Fringe Benefits, Graduate Surveys, High Schools, Interviews, Marriage, Mental Retardation, Place of Residence, Quality of Life, Resource Room Programs, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Sex Differences, Sheltered Workshops, Social Integration, Special Classes, Success, Vocational Adjustment, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Instructional Services.
Note: For the original study, see ED 318 155.