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ERIC Number: EJ1074177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1710-2146
Friendship Experiences of Participants in a University Based Transition Program
Nasr, Maya; Cranston-Gingras, Ann; Jang, Seung-Eun
International Journal of Whole Schooling, v11 n2 p1-15 2015
This study examined the nature of friendships of 14 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities participating in a university-based transition program in the United States. The transition program is a bridge between high school and adulthood, designed to foster students' self-esteem and self-confidence by providing them with training and support and encouraging self-advocacy and independence skills in an age-appropriate integrated environment. Data collection procedures consisted of a focus group session and direct observations of the participants' interactions on the university campus. Results indicate that participants do indeed have friends and are eager to establish and sustain long lasting relationships. Even though participants have developed relationships that are similar in nature to those typically developed among college-age individuals, some reluctance of the participants to venture out independently and initiate connections with non-program students was observed. Further, the constructive role that parents of students in the transition program made in facilitating relationships of friendship was evident.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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