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Disability in adulthood: ten-year follow-up of young people with disabilities.

Disability, Handicap & Society

Author: Clark, A., Hirst, M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1989


This study investigates the attainment of adult status among a sample of 39 physically impaired people aged 25 to 30 years. Compared with the general populations, they were much less likely to have worked in paid employment, to have established independent households or to be married and have families of their own. Few had achieved their teenage aspirations for marriage or parenthood. Most of those who have never had a job since leaving school still wanted to work. The majority still hoped to live in a place of their own. The findings point to major inadequacies in provision for disabled people, particularly in practical and financial support for those who want to work and live independently. Policies and services for young disabled people need to be developed within a common framework which includes a comprehensive definition of the transition to adulthood and agreed goals for the achievement of adult status.

Further Details

Pages: 271-283
Volume: 4
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 15.7.03
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1080/02674648966780291
Keywords: cognitive
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