Title

Assessment of Job Preferences of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Are Preferences Consistent Over Time?

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment

Volume

39

Issue

1

Publisher

Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association

Publication Date

Spring 2012

First Page

126

Last Page

22

Abstract

A primary component of self-determination for young adults with intellectual disabilities is selecting preferred employment. We assessed the extent to which job preference selections were consistent over time. Twenty-five participants ages 18-21 with intellectual disabilities selected preferred jobs using a job preference web site, then repeated the same selection processes at 30- and 90-day intervals. We examined (a) jobs selected in the original assessment, (b) number of identical jobs selected in 30- and 90-day reassessments compared to original assessment, (c) new jobs selected in 30- and 90-day reassessments, and (d) previously selected jobs that were discarded. Results indicated participants were generally consistent in selection of preferred jobs over time. Findings are discussed in regards to self-determination of job placements.