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Tracking post-school destinations of young people with mild intellectual disabilities: the problem of attrition

Caton, Sue and Kagan, Carolyn (2006) Tracking post-school destinations of young people with mild intellectual disabilities: the problem of attrition. Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, 19 (2). pp. 143-152. ISSN 1360-2322

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Abstract

This research was carried out as an assessment of the transition towards adult life for school leavers with mild intellectual disabilities. Ninety young people who were enrolled at three schools for people with mild intellectual disabilities were followed up for the first 12–18 months after they left school to assess how they experienced this transition. Young people were interviewed using semi-structured interviews before they left school regarding their aspirations for school leaving. They were then followed up and those who were traced were interviewed a second time regarding how they had experienced the previous year. There were a number of difficulties encountered in following up the school leavers. Most importantly, there were a high number of participants who were unable to be traced for the study, by the schools, the careers office, or other service providers. The attrition started early in the transition process and was largely overlooked by the schools and careers service, presenting a challenge for successful transition experiences. The implications of the high level of attrition are discussed. In addition, the impact of a number of new initiatives are discussed.

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