ERIC Number: EJ928126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
A Preliminary Investigation of Factors Affecting Employment Motivation in People with Intellectual Disabilities
Andrews, Abbye; Rose, John L.
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, v7 n4 p239-244 Dec 2010
Relatively small numbers of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are engaging in paid employment and those who are tend to be working only part-time. This preliminary study addressed the question of what factors motivate people with ID to work. The issue was investigated in a sample of 10 young work-age adults attending supported learning courses at a further education college in England. Participants were asked directly about their feelings through a focus group. A set of questions with additional prompts was used to elicit responses, and cards and scales were used as visual aids. Participants were asked about what factors motivated them to work and what factors deterred them from working. Thematic analysis of the transcribed tapes revealed three major themes that affected participants' motivation to work: monetary gain, social aspects, and perceived competence. More detailed research is needed in order to validate these findings with a larger, more representative sample.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Focus Groups, Adult Education, Visual Aids, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Investigations, Performance Factors, Motivation, Transcripts (Written Records), Supported Employment, Occupational Aspiration, Work Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)