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Examining the Career Interests and Career Development of Incarcerated Youth with and without Disabilities.




Gage, Curtis

Type of Degree

PhD Dissertation


Special Education, Rehabilitation, Counseling


Individuals with disabilities typically have many complex factors that impact their career development process. Participants in this study (n = 87) were youth with and without disabilities, ages 14–21, who were incarcerated in a youth juvenile justice facility in Alabama. This study examined the participants’ results gained from the completion of Holland’s Self-Directed Search Career Interests Inventory. The purpose of this study was to determine where there are significant correlations among participants’ age, race, disability type, and repeat offenders in relationship to their first letter of the Holland code.