Project Summary for The MBRS Program, CSUN

Dr. Carrie L. Saetermoe
(818) 677-2977

Long term objectives:

To identify the factors that predict the successful transition into adulthood of adolescents and young adults.

Sociologically and psychologically, adolescents and youth who experience medical conditions that require treatment experience greater difficulties than their healthy peers.  For example, compared to the population at large, adolescents and youth with disabilities are more likely to be impoverished, unemployed, have dropped out of high school, live with their parents, and experience depression, poor social skills and social satisfaction and have poorer independent living skills.



Health costs are rising, there is an increase in reliance on patient self-care, and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) aims to ensure the civil rights of all people with disabilities.  Conditions do not currently exist that facilitate advancement to adult milestones such as college entry, career entry, or meaningful adult relationships.  While some studies have been conducted to examine programs that may facilitate advancement into adulthood  no previous studies attempt to build a theory of disability and development, nor do they take into account cultural and economic variations in reactions to disability.


In order to provide an equal opportunity for adolescents with disabilities, our study examines the predictors of successful transition into adulthood using survey and interview methods.  Our study is a contextual one in which culture and social class are considered to be operative variables.  In addition to more immediate variables such as family environment and the adolescents' psychosocial adaptation.

Participants are drawn from local hospitals and school districts.  Adolescents, ages 16-21, and their parents, are surveyed and interviewed.  Qualitative data are coded and both quantitative and qualitative data are analyzed.

Experimental Methods:

Reading of primary theory and empirical empirical studies, formulation hypotheses, interviewing skills, ethics in human research, quantitative data management, qualitative data coding and analysis, writing for professional presentations and publication.

Student Skills Learned:

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Report Writing:

Journal format