Type of Document Master's Thesis Author DeHart, Mary Ellen URN etd-06102012-040152 Title Employers' perceptions of mentally handicapped employees in the horticulture industry Degree Master of Science Department Horticulture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Relf, Paula Diane Committee Chair Houck, Cherry K. Committee Member Williams, Jerry Michael Committee Member Keywords
- Industrial relations.
Date of Defense 1985-07-15 Availability restricted AbstractThe horticulture industry offers numerous unskilled and semi-Skilled
job opportunities for qualified handicapped individuals. A mail survey
of 557 private Virginia ornamental horticultural businesses was conducted
to document the employment of handicapped persons and to investigate
employers' perceptions of mentally handicapped workers. A response
rate of 60% was obtained. Forty-two percent of the respondents reported
employing mentally, physically or emotionally handicapped persons.
Primary businesses which have employed mentally handicapped workers
were associated with grounds maintenance, nursery/garden centers, and golf courses. Overall the employers' perceptions were favorable of the general work habits and entry-level horticultural skill competencies
of mentally handicapped persons. This indicated a potential for employment
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