Disability and the Transition to Adulthood

Alex Janus

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Data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 are used to estimate the effect of type of disability (in order of frequency, learning, other, emotional, hearing, visual, physical and speech impairment) on young people's progress toward four adult transitions: finding full-time employment, establishing an independent residence, marrying and having children. I find that young people who have a visual, hearing, speech or “other” impairment are more likely than their nondisabled peers to find themselves among the respondents who did not complete any of the adult transitions examined in the analysis. Young people who have a learning disability are also more likely to be in a “just workers” group (i.e., respondents who are still living at home, for the most part, but working fulltime).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-120
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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