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Title: Measuring and increasing self-determination for first time job-seekers with a learning disability in job selection in supported employment : an intervention study
Author: Kilsby, Mark Stephen
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2002
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This research tested the effectiveness of two Interventions employed to assist 33 first time job seekers with mild and moderate learning disabilities to increase the extent of self-determination in the vocational choices they make during the job selection component of the supported employment model. A job taster programme was set up in two South Wales supported employment agencies. During the Baseline the job coaches were provided with no specific instructions. Intervention I comprised a one-day training package to teach job coaches the principles of self-determination; to implement a self-instructional approach; and to encourage them to use structured job reviews following each job taster session. At this stage a written questionnaire was introduced and was formatted so as to enable job seekers to make informed decisions without the need of continued assistance from the job coaches. Intervention 2 comprised the introduction of a pictorial job review profile aimed at further increasing job seeker independence in the review procedure. Results from direct observations and job seeker self-report, suggested that job seeker self-determination was enhanced through the project, indicated by a high degree of job seeker accuracy in reporting factual aspects of their experiences accompanied by a drop in the rate of job coach assistance.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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