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Problem Social Behavior in the Workplace: An Analysis of Social Behavior Problems in a Supported Employment Setting
Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • David Reitman, Nova Southeastern University
  • Ronald S. Drabman, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Lynda V. Speaks, Willowood Developmental Center
  • Sherrel Burkley, Willowood Developmental Center
  • Paula C. Rhode, Louisiana State University
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  • Supported Employment,
  • Interpersonal Relations,
  • Middle Aged,
  • Social Behavior Disorders,
  • Workplace
The social skills problems that may influence the work-related success of supported employees has been only infrequently documented in the research literature. Though a multitude of research describes the performance-related challenges faced by supported employees, few papers address the interpersonal difficulties encountered by supported employees in the workplace. The present paper uses job trainer or "coaches" logs and two promising rating scales (the Psychopathology Instrument for Mentally Retarded Adults [PIMRA and PIMRA-S]) to describe the social problems encountered by some supported employees. Job coach's logs indicated that approximately 58% of supported employees had experienced one or more incidents of interpersonal difficulty during their employment tenure and that 40% of the problems experienced by these individuals could be described as sexuality-related. Overall, about 25% of all supported employees had reported incidents of conflict with employees or customers that seemed sexuality-related. In addition, social and developmental factors that might contribute to the interpersonal problems found in the present research are discussed.
Citation Information
David Reitman, Ronald S. Drabman, Lynda V. Speaks, Sherrel Burkley, et al.. "Problem Social Behavior in the Workplace: An Analysis of Social Behavior Problems in a Supported Employment Setting" Research in Developmental Disabilities Vol. 20 Iss. 3 (1999) p. 215 - 228 ISSN: 0891-4222
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