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Interaction and engagement of workers in supported employment: a British comparison between workers with and without learning disabilities

Beyer, Stephen Richard, Kilsby, Mark Stephen and Willson, Claire 1995. Interaction and engagement of workers in supported employment: a British comparison between workers with and without learning disabilities. Mental Handicap Research 8 (3) , pp. 137-155. 10.1111/j.1468-3148.1995.tb00151.x

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Abstract

Supported employment represents an important alternative to traditional forms of day service in Britain. Social integration in the workplace has been seen as one of its primary aims and this has been a key outcome measure in research. Few studies have looked at engagement in meaningful activity as an outcome measure. This paper describes a direct observation study which compared patterns of interaction and engagement for eight people with learning disabilities being supported in ordinary work settings and eight non-disabled co-workers. The results for engagement were favourable, showing no significant difference in percentage of time engaged for the two groups, although supported workers spent more time in on-task activities than their colleagues. There was no significant difference in frequency of interaction, and who people talked with, between the groups, except where Job Coaches were present, where they became the main focus of interaction for supported workers. Content of interaction differed, co-workers being more frequently involved in directing others and teasing and joking, while supported workers received praise and greetings more frequently. Reasons for the observed differences and implications for supported employment services are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0952-9608
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:54
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/46313

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