|Title:||Becoming a member of the work force : perceptions of adults with Asperger Syndrome|
|Authors :||Krieger, Beate|
|Published in :||Work : a Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution :||IOS-Press|
|License (according to publishing contract) :||Licence according to publishing contract|
|Type of review:||Peer review (Publication)|
|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.|
|Organisational Unit:||Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)|
|Publication type:||Article in scientific Journal|
|Appears in Collections:||Publikationen Gesundheit|
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