Life-span perspectives on disability and work: A qualitative study

Liza M. Conyers, Lynn C. Koch, Edna Mora Szymanski

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The career development patterns of 9 employed college graduates with physical and sensory disabilities were explored through a qualitative study. Participants ranged in age from 23 to 35 years and represented diverse ethnic backgrounds. The key themes that emerged from the data fell into the following developmental categories: (a) establishing an occupational self-concept, (b) launching a career, and (c) career advancement. Factors that influenced each of these developmental stages and the perceived meaning of work are presented. Implications for career counselors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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