ERIC Number: ED385108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-31
A Longitudinal Follow-Up Study of 284 Adults Classified as Learning Disabled When They Were Second Graders. Final Report.
Tingey, Carol; Mortensen, Lance
A follow-up study was undertaken of 284 adults who were diagnosed as learning disabled during second grade in 1968. At the time of follow up, the sample was 26 to 27 years old; 91 of these individuals were located by telephone and 4 were contacted by mail. The follow-up study used a questionnaire to determine participants' current status in five major areas, including work, marital status, independent functioning, placement in the community, and relationships with their families. Parents were also interviewed. Results indicate that the adults previously identified as learning disabled had higher high school graduation rates and college and trade school attendance rates than did a national sample of U.S. adults. Specifically, 83 percent graduated from high school and 51 percent went to college, while 25 percent attended trade school. In addition, 83 percent were employed, and 67 percent were married. In general, these young adults viewed their school experience in a positive light and were generally content with their position in life. Appendices include the student and parent questionnaires. (SW)
Descriptors: College Attendance, Educational Attainment, Employment, Family Relationship, Followup Studies, High School Graduates, Incidence, Independent Living, Learning Disabilities, Life Satisfaction, Marital Status, Postsecondary Education, Quality of Life, Student Experience, Vocational Followup, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Developmental Center for Handicapped Persons.