Conceptions of Work Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Mental Retardation

Rachel Gali Cinamon*, Limor Gifsh

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Semistructured interviews were conducted with 16 Israeli adolescents and young adults with mild mental retardation to examine their perceptions of the world of work. A consensual qualitative strategy of analysis (C. E. Hill, B. J. Thompson, & E. N. Williams, 1997) yielded 4 domains (Definitions of Work, Reasons for Working, Self-Awareness, Knowledge About the World of Work) and 12 categories. Although respondents showed strong willingness to participate in the world of work, they had little information regarding this realm. Implications are discussed for career development programs targeting young persons with mental retardation and community and family involvement in such programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-224
Number of pages13
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2004


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