Self-management programmes with mentally retarded workers: implications for developing independent vocational behaviour

P. Wehman, R. Schutz, P. Bates, A. Renzaglia, O. Karan

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Abstract

Three research studies were conducted to investigate the differential effects of externally administered, self-administered and self-determined reinforcement contingencies on the work production rates of developmentally disabled workers. The results of Expt. I indicated that Client I, a profoundly retarded male, would work at equivalent rates under externally administered or self-administered reinforcers. Experiment II indicated that a severely retarded male would also work at a high work rate under a self-determined reinforcement contingency. The results of Expt. III replicated these findings in a more controlled design. Different tasks adapted from community workshops were utilized in each study. The implications of these studies for developing independent vocational behaviour in the retarded were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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