Title: Becoming a member of the work force : perceptions of adults with Asperger Syndrome
Authors : Krieger, Beate
Kinébanian, Astrid
Prodinger, Birgit
Heigl, Franziska
Published in : Work : a Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation
Volume(Issue) : 43
Issue : 2
Pages : 141
Pages to: 157
Publisher / Ed. Institution : IOS-Press
Issue Date: 2012
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Adult; Asperger Syndrome; Data Collection; Female; Humans; Interviews as Topic; Male; Middle Aged; Narration; Perception; Qualitative Research; Social Environment; Social Support; Switzerland; Employment; Workplace
Subject (DDC) : 331: Labor economics
616.8: Neurology, diseases of nervous system
Abstract: Objective: Research has shown that comparatively few adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) participate in the competitive work force. The purpose of this study was to gain in-depth knowledge about contextual factors, which contribute to successful labor market participation in some adults with AS. Participants: This study was conducted by indepth-interviewing six adults with AS working in the competitive job market in Switzerland. Methods: A developmental and hermeneutic narrative approach was used for data collection and analysis. Two in-depth narrative interviews were conducted with each participant. A narrative analysis according to the theories of Paul Ricoeur was performed. Results: Results showed that participants received pre-vocational requisites during their childhood through parents and friends that provided a feeling of security in social contexts. For participants, a supportive school setting resulted in academic achievements. The narratives reveal participants' capacities for understanding and adapting to social norms. Participants' understanding of their own needs was essential to the successful labor market participation. However, disclosure is rare and social stigma is still present. Conclusions: This study showed that successful labor participation of adults with AS can be enhanced through adequate social support already in the early stages of an individual's lifetime.
Departement: Gesundheit
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.3233/WOR-2012-1392
ISSN: 1875-9270
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/9395
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