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Citation:  Pfeiffer, Beth; Brusilovskiy, Eugene; Davidson, Amber; & Persch, Andrew (2018). Impact of person-environment fit on job satisfaction for working adults with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 48 (1), 49-57.
Title:  Impact of person-environment fit on job satisfaction for working adults with autism spectrum disorders
Authors:  Pfeiffer, Beth; Brusilovskiy, Eugene; Davidson, Amber; & Persch, Andrew
Year:  2018
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-170915
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No

Structured abstract:

Background:  Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have some of the highest rates of postsecondary unemployment. Predictors of successful employment for individuals with ASD include a combination of personal and external factors. However, the majority of employment supports target personal factors and give minimal consideration to the environment.
Purpose:  To examine the relationships between the social and sensory aspects of person-environment fit and job satisfaction from the perspective of working adults with ASD.
Data collection and analysis:  Participants over the age of 21 diagnosed with ASD who worked at least 10 hours a week completed the Job Satisfaction Survey, the Adult Sensory Profile, and the Work Environment Scale.
Findings:  There were significant positive associations between job satisfaction and the work environment in peer cohesion, supervisor support, autonomy, clarity, innovation and physical comfort. Individuals with more symptoms of Low Registration and Sensory Sensitivity had significantly lower scores on physical comfort in their work environments. Those with more symptoms of Sensory Avoiding reported significantly less satisfaction with their job.
Conclusions:  It is important to understand the impact of the environment in relation to the unique characteristics of the individual to improve the person-environment fit and overall job satisfaction.

Disabilities served:  Autism / ASD
Populations served:  Other
Interventions:  Job search and placement assistance
On-the-job training and support
Rehabilitation counseling
Training
Vocational rehabilitation
Transition services
Outcomes:  Full-time employment