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ERIC Number: EJ898259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0034-3552
Factors Predicting Post-High School Employment for Young Adults with Visual Impairments
McDonnall, Michele Capella
Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, v54 n1 p36-45 Oct 2010
Although low levels of employment among transition-age youth with visual impairments (VI) have long been a concern, empirical research in this area is very limited. The purpose of this study was to identify factors that predict future employment for this population and to compare these factors to the factors that predict employment for the general population. Participants in the study were young adults between the ages of 18 and 23 in 2002 whose data were obtained from the "National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997". Multilevel modeling for longitudinal data was the technique used to analyze 5 years of employment data for the participants. Two models were developed and tested: one for persons with VI and one for the general population. Independent variables found to significantly predict employment for young adults with VI were number of jobs held as a teenager, math and verbal aptitude, parental support, and self-reported health. Participation in school-to-work programs and educational level did not significantly predict employment for this population. Results are compared and contrasted with results for the general population. The importance of having a number of early work experiences while also focusing on academic skills for youth with VI is discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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