J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2015 Sep;24(3):178-187. 10.12934/jkpmhn.2015.24.3.178.

Experience of People with Mentally Disabled for Work Drop-out

  • 1Department of Nursing, Kaya University, Gimhae, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Kyungnam College of Information Technology, Busan, Korea. bek@eagle.kit.ac.kr


The purpose of this study was to explore experience of people with mentally disability for work drop-out.
Participants were 10 persons with an intellectual disability. The Colaizzi's phenomenological method was utilized. Data were collected using non-structured interviews.
According to the data analysis, 7 theme-clusters were identified from 13 themes. The theme-clusters were 'Struggling in work', 'Being a stranger in the office', 'Struggling in standing alone', 'Feeling ambivalent', 'Waiting for a new opportunity for work', 'Being determined to make an effort to maintain a job', 'Expecting myself to gain recognition'.
The outcomes of this study indicate a need to design intervention programs and directions to introduce realistic improvement plans for people with intellectual disabilities in order to decrease work drop-out.


Qualitative research; Mentally disability; Experience

MeSH Terms

Intellectual Disability
Mentally Disabled Persons*
Qualitative Research
Statistics as Topic

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