The present study investigated the employment experiences of adults with mild developmental disabilities. The study's sample consisted of 45 participants with developmental disabilities who were over the age of 18. Participants were recruited from two Regional Centers in Southern California and either phone interviews or in-person interviews were conducted.
A structured interview protocol examined each participant's current work experience, along with several items exploring facilitators and obstacles to employment. Data from this qualitative investigation were organized into categories using inductive content analysis. Descriptive statistics were computed for quantitative items. Overall, it was discovered that: participants found money as the most rewarding aspect of employment, relied on outside support in obtaining and maintaining employment and found few obstacles of which to overcome, worked with others with developmental disabilities, and utilized workplace supports in entry level positions making an average wage of $8.92 a hour during a 20.72 hour work week.
|Advisor:||Whitney, Dave J.|
|Commitee:||Chun, Chi-Ah, Warren, Christopher|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Developmental psychology, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Adults, Developmental disability, Employment, Industrial organizational psychology, Regional center, United states|
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