Title page for ETD etd-06102012-040152

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
  • Industrial relations.
Date of Defense 1985-07-15
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The 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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