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Citation:  Torres, A.; Kearney, K.B.; Brady, M.P.; Wood, J.; & Katz, J. (2021). Using a literacy-based behavioral intervention to teach job interviewing skills to adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 54 (2), 161-174.
Title:  Using a literacy-based behavioral intervention to teach job interviewing skills to adults with intellectual disability
Authors:  Torres, A.; Kearney, K.B.; Brady, M.P.; Wood, J.; & Katz, J.
Year:  2021
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-201127
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  Job interviewing serves a key function in the process of gaining employment. To date, no research has evaluated whether a literacy-based behavioral intervention (LBBI) might be used to improve the essential vocational skill of job interviewing.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of a LBBI for the acquisition of job interviewing skills.
Data collection and analysis:  Using a combined experimental design (non-concurrent multiple probe across participants with an embedded A1B1A2B2 design) three young adults with intellectual disability who received an in-person and remote LBBI were evaluated on their correct and independent performance on a task analysis created for job interviewing. Generalization and maintenance were also assessed.
Findings:  The results showed that all three students mastered job interviewing skills with 100% accuracy and maintained the acquired skills after the intervention was removed.
Conclusions:  The study showed that LBBI is an effective tool to teach and practice job interviewing skills, and can be implemented face-to-face and virtually. Educators, vocational rehabilitation professionals, and families can use this tool in a wide range of settings.

Disabilities served:  Cognitive / intellectual impairment
Developmental disabilities
Learning disabilities
Multiple disabilities
Interventions:  Accommodations
Assistive technology
Job coach
On-the-job training and support
Vocational rehabilitation
Motivational interviewing
Accommodations / modifications
Visual supports (e.g., schedules, task analysis, first-then)
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Full-time employment