Citation Heloisa dos Santos F & Watchman K Professional Training Effects on the adaptive behavior of adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.
Abstract Professional training program (PTP) could be a tool to encourage the professional qualification of adolescents with intellectual disabilities (ID) for the labor market. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the effects of 24 week PTP in 11 adolescents aged 14-18 years old, diagnosed with mild ID, in scales and questionnaires in regards to the autonomy, adaptive behavior, and emotional aspects. Within contrasts of participants responses gathered before and after the PTP were analysed using nonparametric measures. In the pre-training, participants reported themselves as satisfied with the quality of their lives; they showed high self-esteem and self-concepts, a few depressive and anxiety symptoms. On the other hand, they showed a low level of autonomy and high levels of support needs. In the post-training there was an increase in social participation and a reduction in the need for adaptive support. Together, these results suggest that adolescents with ID can be professionally productive after training and experience that enhances their autonomy and social participation.