Motivation, vocational interests and job satisfaction of mentally retarded adults

Shunit Reiter, Luba Friedman, Malca Molcho

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The relationship between vocational interests of 83 mildly to moderately retarded adults in a residential facility in Israel, their actual work and the factors which they perceived as the most important motivators for them at work and job satisfaction were investigated. Two questionnaires were used: the Illustrated Vocational Inventory (Whelan & Reiter, 1980) and a specially designed questionnaire on motivation to work based on Herzberg, Mausner, and Snyderman’s (1959). The results demonstrate the importance of taking into consideration mentally retarded persons’ vocational interests when assignig them to different jobs. It further demonstrates the importance of the environment in influencing mentally retarded individuals to seek instrinsic or extrinsic rewards and satisfaction from work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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