Relationships Between Self-Determination and Postschool Outcomes for Youth With Disabilities

Karrie A. Shogren, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Susan B. Palmer, Graham G. Rifenbark, Todd D. Little

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Abstract

This article reports the results of a follow-up analysis of 779 students with disabilities who participated in group-randomized, control group studies designed to examine the efficacy of self-determination interventions in secondary school to examine the relationship between self-determination status when exiting high school and adult outcomes 1 and 2 years post-high school. Findings suggest that self-determination status upon exiting high school predicts positive outcomes in the domains of achieving employment and community access 1 year post-school, and that exposure to self-determination interventions in secondary school may lead to more stability in student outcomes over time. The complexity of the relationship between self-determination intervention and outcomes is discussed, as are recommendations for future research and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-267
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Special Education
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 25 2015

Keywords

  • longitudinal data analysis
  • postschool outcomes
  • self-determination

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