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ERIC Number: EJ835578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Psychological Factors Associated with Obtaining Employment
Hensel, Elizabeth; Kroese, Biza Stenfert; Rose, John
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v20 n2 p175-181 Mar 2007
Background: Less than 10% of people with intellectual disabilities are employed. The aim of the present study was to investigate what psychological factors might predict employment outcome for people with intellectual disability who had received a placement in a supported employment service. Method: Sixty people were interviewed whilst they were in the supported employment preparation agency and where possible 3 and 9 months after leaving. The structured interview included a number of psychological measures. Those who subsequently gained employment were compared with those who did not. Results: Those who gained employment were significantly more motivated by status aspiration, and judged themselves significantly less happy than those who did not gain employment, at the first interview. Conclusions: It is possible that people who are more dissatisfied with their life might be more motivated to change their circumstances. Supported employment agencies might consider using a measure of motivation as an entry criterion or as a way of identifying who needs help with developing motivation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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