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Can people with disabilities gain from education?: Similarities and differences between occupational attainment among persons with and without disabilities
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work. Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering, Environmental psychology.
Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Psychology.
2014 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 49, no 2, 193-204 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: More knowledge is needed ofoccupational attainment of persons with disabilities, i.e. the relationship between their educational level and their profession, and factors of importance for this relationship.

Objective: To compare occupational attainment among persons with and without a disability.

Method: 3 396 informants with disabilities and 19 004 non-disabled informants participated (control group) in a survey study by Statistics Sweden.The informants with disabilities were divided into six groups.

Results: Occupational attainment did not differ between the disability groups, neither between persons with and without a disability. Follow-up analysis showed that men with disabilities with primary or secondary school had an occupation above their educational level to a significantlylarger extent than women with disabilities. This pattern was even clearer in comparison with the control group. Persons without disabilities, with secondary or higher education, were more successful in the labor market than persons with disabilities. Occupational attainment increased with age in both groups.

Conclusions: Young women with disabilities who only have primary or secondary education run a higher risk of having a job that is below their educational level than men at the same educational level. This indicates discriminating mechanisms in the society related to gender and ability.

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2014. Vol. 49, no 2, 193-204 p.
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Discrimination, occupational attainment, education level, self-estimated work ability
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-15971DOI: 10.3233/WOR-131718ISI: 000344347900004PubMedID: 24004782Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84907560525OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-15971DiVA: diva2:685415
Available from: 2014-01-09 Created: 2014-01-09 Last updated: 2016-11-11Bibliographically approved

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