A pilot study connecting youth with emotional or behavioral difficulties to summer work experiences

Erik W. Carter, Audrey A. Trainor, Nicole Ditchman, Laura Owens

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Abstract

Despite the potential contributions of adolescent employment to postschool success, many youth who experience emotional and behavioral difficulties (EBD) do not access these opportunities. This intervention study examined the effects of a package of strategies designed to increase access to summer work experiences. Fifty-seven youth with EBD from seven high schools were randomly assigned to intervention and comparison groups. A significantly higher proportion of youth in the intervention group were employed toward the end of the summer relative to youth from their same schools in the comparison group. Intervention components were rated as feasible to implement and acceptable to relevant stakeholders. Steps to sharpen the intervention's ability to address the transition-related needs of youth with EBD are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-106
Number of pages12
JournalCareer Development for Exceptional Individuals
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

Keywords

  • community organizing
  • emotional disturbance
  • employment
  • high school
  • transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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