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Engagement and interaction: a comparison between supported employment and ATCs

Kilsby, Mark Stephen and Beyer, Stephen Richard ORCID: 1996. Engagement and interaction: a comparison between supported employment and ATCs. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology 6 (2) , pp. 141-152. 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1298(199605)6:2<141::AID-CASP362>3.0.CO;2-N

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The interaction and engagement patterns of 13 supported employees and 38 regular Adult Training Centre (ATC) attenders were compared. Data were obtained through direct observation within 13 employment sites and a representative sample of ATC organised activities. Results indicated that individual involvement was significantly higher in employment, compared to ATCs, but that the ATC group experienced significantly more social interaction, mainly due to higher levels of task specific dialogue between individuals and the service staff within ATCs. A breakdown of with whom interactions occurred revealed that individuals in ATCs tended to interact more often with care staff than anyone else. Individuals tended to interact more often during work with their non-disabled co-workers and a substantial proportion of time was spent interacting with the public. These findings suggest that the supported employment option yields advantages for individuals in some key aspects of community integration, compared to ATCs.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning disability, mental handicap, supported employment, Adult Training Centres, comparison, interaction
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1099-1298
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:54

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