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Social-Vocational Skills of Developmentally Disabled and Nonhandicapped Workers in Two Community Employment Sites
Mental Retardation
  • Benjamin Lignugaris/Kraft, Utah State University
  • Charles L. Salzberg, Utah State University
  • S. Rule
  • J. J. Stowitschek
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The social interactions of employees with and without developmental disabilities were observed in two community employment settings during work and breaks. Conversations were frequent and generally concerned work-related topics. Target workers different in how often they interacted with coworkers with and without developmental disabilities. During work, workers with developmental disabilities received commands more often than did their counterparts without developmental disabilities. Work-related information was requested more often from workers who were not developmentally disabled than from those who were. During breaks, requests for information were observed most often. Differences were found between workers in the frequency with which greetings, kidding, and joking were observed. Implications for future research on social behavior in community employment settings were discussed.

Originally published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly AAMR).

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Lignugaris/Kraft, B., Salzberg, C. L., Rule, S., & Stowitschek, J. J. (1988). Social-vocational skills of developmentally disabled and nonhandicapped workers in two community employment sites. Mental Retardation, 26(5), 297-305.