ERIC Number: ED350742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Adult Adjustment of Individuals with Behavioral Disorders. Three vs. One Year Out of School. Iowa Statewide Follow-up Study.
Sitlington, Patricia L.; And Others
This study investigated the adjustment of randomly selected Iowa students with behavioral disorders in the classes of 1984 and 1985, 1 and 3 years after exiting high school. Ninety-five (86 percent of those selected) individuals from the class of 1984 were interviewed 1 year out of high school; 50 students from this same class were interviewed 3 years out of school. Eighty-nine (66 percent) from the class of 1985 were interviewed 1 year out of high school and 82 were interviewed 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 those employed in sheltered workshops; (3) incidence of "successful" adjustment; and (4) a comparison across graduating classes and between years 1 and 3. Data are presented for the total group by program model (resource teaching versus special class) and by graduation status. Conclusions include the following: a low incidence of success by both groups; similar outcomes for individuals in both resource and special class programs; significant (but limited) improvements in subjects' situations between 1 and 3 years; and some significant differences between outcomes for the two classes. The need for effective transition planning which involves the individual, the family, educators, and adult service providers is stressed. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Note: For related documents, see ED 318 155, ED 332 677, ED 332 466, ED 335 861, and ED 342 170.