An Examination of the Relationship Between Postschool Outcomes and Autonomy, Psychological Empowerment, and Self-Realization

Karrie A. Shogren, Jaehoon Lee, Pavel Panko

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Abstract

This study examined, using data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study–2, the impact of constructs associated with self-determination (i.e., autonomy, self-realization, and psychological empowerment measured while youth were in secondary school) on postschool—(a) employment and payment/benefits, (b) education, (c) independent living, and (d) social engagement—outcomes. Findings suggest that up to 8 years after youth exited school, autonomy, self-realization, and psychological empowerment predict postschool outcomes. Psychological empowerment showed a strong relationship with employment wages and benefits, and autonomy and self-realization contributed to predicting independent living and postsecondary education enrollment. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-124
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Special Education
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

Keywords

  • National Longitudinal Transition Study–2
  • postschool outcomes
  • self-determination
  • transition

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